Kumeu River

Kumeu, New Zealand
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      90+ Press Sheet 2019 Vintage

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      Wine Enthusiast 90+ Press Sheet — 2018 Village Chardonnay

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      Top 40 Sell Sheet — 2017 Village Chardonnay

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      Top 40 Sell Sheet — 2018 Village Pinot Noir

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      Sell Sheet — 2018 Estate Chardonnay

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      The Great Blind Chardonnay Challenge 2018

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      Robert Parker: Kumeu River - White Burgundy in Kiwi Clothing

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      Tim Atkin Wine of the Week: 2019 Kumeu River Village Chardonnay

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      Critical Acclaim 2011 vintage Chardonnays

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      Critical Acclaim 2009 vintage Chardonnays

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      Critical Acclaim 2010 vintage Chardonnays

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      Critical Acclaim Wine Spectator 1991-2010 Vintage Chardonnays

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  • Reviews

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      Kumeu River
      Chardonnay, Rays Road, Hawkes Bay – 2019

      Vinous
      90 Points

      This is just the second vintage of Rays Road, and it is a delightfully restrained yet energetic Chardonnay. Despite the warm, dry year, it has maintained a taut, citrusy structure, lovely fine acid length and an almost salty texture. Winemaker Michael Brajkovich suggested that this tension is, in part, due to differences in ripeness within bunches as well as the site's limestone soils.

      Rebecca Gibb MW, November 2020
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      Chardonnay, Estate, Kumeu – 2019

      Vinous
      91 Points

      The estate Chardonnay is a blend of six different vineyards with approximately 20% fermented in new oak barrels. Texturally, this cuvée offers a sense of flow; it is relaxed in its own skin but provides welcome tension on the precise finish thanks to a line of firm acidity that will leave you smacking your lips. The 20% new oak is well integrated, contributing delicate nougat flavors, and allowing the subtle nectarine and honeydew melon flavors to shine on the medium-length finish.

      Rebecca Gibb MW, November 2020
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      Chardonnay, Hunting Hill, Kumeu – 2019

      Vinous
      95 Points

      This wine manages to walk the tightrope of richness and finesse, and it does it with swagger. It's no surprise that this powerful, highly concentrated Chardonnay was fermented in new oak barrels after a hiatus in 2018 – it certainly has the stuffing to take it. Hunting Hill is Kumeu's most reductive Chardonnay but its influence remains subtle, bringing the merest flint note and added tension to the nectarine and lemon peel flavors. Poised and well judged.

      Rebecca Gibb MW, November 2020
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      Chardonnay, Coddington, Kumeu – 2019

      Vinous
      93 Points

      This Chardonnay is expansive, filling the mouth with its subtle flavors yet retaining a sense of lightness. Its girth is wrapped in a firm belt of acidity that holds everything into a streamlined whole. Chardonnay is a non-aromatic variety and the fine aromas of nectarine and oatmeal combine with a barrel-derived smoky note on the drawn-out finish.

      Rebecca Gibb MW, November 2020
  • News

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      New Zealand Whites: The State of Play
      11/10/20
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      New Zealand’s White Wines Span Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and, Yes, Sauvignon Blanc
      8/25/20
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      Beyond Sauvignon Blanc: 11 Other New Zealand Wines You Should Know
      8/7/20
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      Newsweek: Fall Equinox Means Red Wine Season: 9 Bottles to Celebrate the Official End of Summer – Featuring Kumeu River
      Janice Williams
      September 23, 2019
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