Kumeu River

Kumeu, New Zealand

Chardonnay, Village, Kumeu – 2011

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • Location: Kumeu is a sub-region of the Auckland wine district. Despite being situated well north of New Zealand’s other viticultural regions, Kumeu’s climate is kept cool due to its close proximity to the Tasman Sea, just 20 kilometers (nearly 12.5 miles) to the west, and the Pacific Ocean 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) to the east. These two large bodies of water generate clouds, keeping peak summer temperatures below 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit).
  • Vinification

    • Whole-bunch pressed

    • Fermentation: Indigenous yeast
    • Malolactic: 100%
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
    • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Tasting Notes

    • This year’s Village Chardonnay features attractive lifted fruit aromas with a touch of nuttiness: the hint of hazelnut that is so typical of Chardonnay. The palate also shows a nice peachy ripeness 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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  • Chardonnay, Village, Kumeu – 2011 – 90 points – winereviewonline.com

    “…one of the best $20 Chardonnays from anywhere in the world…Suave and rich, it is the epitome of balance--not too much of anything, and just enough of everything. It’s a fabulous buy.”

  • Chardonnay, Village, Kumeu – 2011

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

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