Kumeu River

Kumeu, New Zealand

Chardonnay, Village, Kumeu – 2012

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • Cultivation: Sustainable
    • Size: Approximately 12 hectares (29.7 acres)
    • Vine Age: Planted 1994-2001
    • Clones: 6, 15, 96
    • Soil: Clay
    • Elevation: Approximately 100 meters (328 feet)
    • Exposure: North
    • Training: Lyre and VSP
  • Vintage Report

    • Harvest Date(s): March-April
    • Yields: 4.5 tons/acre
    • Brix: 21.5°
  • Vinification

    • Whole-bunch pressed

    • Fermentation: Indigenous yeast; 25% in barrel, 75% in tank
    • Malolactic: 100%
    • Aging: 11 months in older oak barrels (5 years minimum), then 4-6 months in tank
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
    • Production (in cases): 7,500 cases
    • Production Case Pack: 12/750ml
    • Alcohol: 13.5%
    • TA: 5.5g/L
    • p H: 3.27
  • Tasting Notes

    • This wine was fermented in a combination of old French oak barriques (25%) and stainless-steel tanks (75%), so there is very little oak influence on either nose or palate. This has allowed the vibrant fruit to show through beautifully with lively lime and lemon aromas and a flinty, mineral edginess with hints of fig and white peach. The weighty mid-palate also shows peachy ripeness along with crisp acid minerality that gives the wine a refreshing cleansing quality. This wine is delightful as an aperitif, and even better to drink with fish and shellfish.

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  • Chardonnay, Village, Kumeu – 2012 – Silver Award – Riverside International Wine Competition

    Silver Award, 2015 Riverside International Wine Competition.

  • Chardonnay, Village, Kumeu – 2012

    Vibrant fruit shows through with lime and lemon aromas and a flinty, mineral edginess with hints of fig and white peach. The weighty mid-palate also shows peachy ripeness along with crisp acid minerality that gives the wine a refreshing quality.

  • Chardonnay, Village, Kumeu – 2012 – 90 points – The Wine Advocate

    “The 2012 Village Chardonnay has notes of apricots, honey, baking bread and a hint of nutmeg. Laced with citrusy crispness, medium-bodied and with a wonderfully silken texture, it offers a long minerally finish. Fantastic value.”

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