Kumeu River

Kumeu, New Zealand

Chardonnay, Village, Kumeu – 2008

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  • Introduction

    • Auckland, located on New Zealand’s North Island, has the distinction of being the country’s historical birthplace of viticulture and winemaking. Kumeu is a sub-region of Auckland, with a cool, maritime climate influenced by the South Pacific Ocean. Summer temperatures are cool and winter temperatures are comparatively warm, without seasonal extremes: autumn is generally dry and sunny; however, extended cloud cover is not uncommon.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Vineyard Region: Kumeu, Auckland, New Zealand

    • Appellation: Kumeu
  • Vintage Report

    • The 2008 vintage was an exceptional vintage for Chardonnay and the quality of fruit we received from our various vineyard sites in Kumeu made it difficult to separate the Kumeu River Estate quality from the Village quality. The standard from this vintage is so high that there are parcels in the Village wine which in other years would have been assigned to the Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay.

  • Vinification

    • One-third of the wine was fermented in French oak barriques, and two-thirds in stainless-steel tanks to emphasize the ripe peach and melon aromas. We always think that this is a wine to drink while you wait for the Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay to get more bottle age.  Whole-bunch pressed.

    • Fermentation: Indigenous yeast fermentation
    • Malolactic: 100% malolactic fermentation
    • Barrel Fermentation: One-third barrel fermentation (old barrels), two-thirds tank fermentation
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
    • Cases Imported: 2,000
    • Imported Case Pack: 12/750ml
    • Alcohol: 13.0%
  • Tasting Notes

    • This year’s Village Chardonnay features very attractive lifted fruit aromas, along with a touch of nuttiness: the hint of hazelnut that is so typical of Chardonnay. The palate also shows a nice peachy ripeness along with a crisp flinty character that gives the wine a refreshing cleansing quality. This wine is perfect to drink with fish and shellfish.

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Reviews

  • Chardonnay, Village, Kumeu – 2008 – 88 points – Wine Enthusiast

    "displays ample pineapple and pear fruit in a full-bodied format. The oak is barely noticeable, making the wine straightforward and easy to drink."

  • Chardonnay, Village, Kumeu – 2008 – 90 points – winereviewonline.com

    "Kumeu River takes care to be sure that this wine...has grace and balance. It has subtle oak influences--a hint of creaminess--that harmonize with the delicate apple and melon flavors. Great acidity holds it all together and invigorates the palate."

  • Chardonnay, Village, Kumeu – 2008 – 89 points – eRobertParker.com

    “a real cracker at a bargain price. This wine gives intense pineapple and apricot aromas with some cream and toast plus a touch of meal. Crisp, medium bodied, there’s good concentration and texture here with a long finish.”

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