Kumeu River

Kumeu, New Zealand

Chardonnay, Village, Kumeu – 2014

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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
  • Vinification

    • Whole-bunch pressed

    • Fermentation: Indigenous yeast; 25% in barrel, 75% in tank
    • Malolactic: 100%
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
  • Tasting Notes

    • This wine was fermented in a combination of old French oak barriques (25 percent) and stainless-steel tanks (75 percent), 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 – 2014 – Silver Medal – Texsom International Wine Awards

    Silver Medal, 2016 Texsom International Wine Awards

  • Chardonnay, Village, Kumeu – 2014

    This wine displays a 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.

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