Chardonnay, Village, Kumeu – 2017
- County Composition: Kumeu, Auckland & Hawkes Bay
- Fermentation: 81% old French oak barrique, 19% stainless steel tank
- Malolactic: 100%
- Barrel Fermentation: 81%
- Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Produced from hand harvested grapes grown in Kumeu and Hawkes Bay this wine was fermented 81% in old French oak barriques, and 19% in stainless steel tanks. The barrel fermentation provides some richness but very little oak in influence. Combined with the tank fermentation this allows 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.
Kumeu River Village Chardonnay – 2017 – The Wine Advocate – 89 Points
Incorporating approximately 20% Hawke's Bay fruit from a recently acquired vineyard, the 2017 Village Chardonnay is one of the strongest I can recall, despite a challenging vintage. Mainly fermented and aged in older barrels, it's medium-bodied and plump in the mouth, with notes of peach and pineapple.
Kumeu River Village Chardonnay – 2017 – James Suckling – 90 Points
A generous array of ripe pears and poached peaches with a ripe and forward feel. This has a lot of flavor. Nicely resolved at the finish. Drink now. Screw cap.