Chardonnay, Village, Kumeu – 2018
- County Composition: Kumeu, Auckland & Hawkes Bay
- Fermentation: 80% barrel fermentation, 20% tank fermentation
- Malolactic: 100%
- Barrel Fermentation: 80%
- Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
This is a wine where we always have a bottle in the fridge. The perfect aperitif Chardonnay this wine also goes very well with all types of seafood. Fermented 80% in old French oak barriques, and 20% in stainless steel tanks 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.
Kumeu River Chardonnay, Village, Kumeu – 2018 – James Suckling – 90 Points
There’s a fresh, lively feel here with a very generous core of peaches and melon. Attractive depth and generous, fleshy texture. Drink now. Screw cap.
Kumeu River Chardonnay, Village, Kumeu – 2018 – Wine Enthusiast – 93 Points
When compared with the almost severe austerity of this renowned Chardonnay producer's upper-tier wines, this entry-level one is downright boisterous. Bright gold in hue, it billows melon and stone fruit with undertones of honey and sea salt. The palate crunches with crystalline acidity wrapped up in texture that is simultaneously slippery and powdery, with a long, salt-flecked finish. Drink now and over the next few years.