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Kumeu Village Chardonnay 2023

3.500000000 star rating 2 Reviews
An especially good-value release this year, with half the fruit coming from the winery's own Hawkes Bay vineyards and half from their estate north of Auckland, meaning no additional grapes were purchased from other growers. This is a particularly fresh, focused and mineral release, with oyster shell notes on the nose, joining the peach and apple aromas. Fresh, bright and delicious. Unfortunately, due to a small crop, there is significantly less volume available this year, so buy while you can.
Price: £12.95 Bottle
Price: £77.50 Case of 6
In Stock
Code: NZ14761

Wine characteristics

  • White Wine
  • 2 - Dry
  • Chardonnay
  • 75cl
  • Now to 2028
  • 12.5% Alcohol
  • oak used but not v. noticeable
  • Screwcap

Kumeu River Wines Ltd

The Brajkovich family own the highly regarded Kumeu River Estate near Auckland. Although Kumeu is a rather less fashionable wine district than some on New Zealand’s North Island, the Brajkovichs have proven that it is possible to make wonderful wines here.

Michael Brajkovich, who was incidentally the first New Zealander to become a Master of Wine has been the winemaker since 1982. His non-conformist and forward-thinking approach has been particularly successful in creating wines that show the hallmarks of New Zealand although there is a definite Old Word inspiration throughout. Michael’s brothers Milan and Paul look after the vineyards and sales respectively so it is all a real family effort.

Pinot noir here is restrained in structure and discreet of fruit and definitely more akin to Burgundy than New Zealand. Both the Kumeu River Estate and top Maté’s Vineyard chardonnays are barrel-fermented and aged - they are also unusually ageworthy for New Zealand whites – and are thought of as some of the world’s best chardonnays. Kumeu pinot gris successfully balances vibrant fruit aromas with a smooth texture reminiscent of good Alsace examples. The well-priced Kumeu River Village range is made with the same commitment as Kumeu’s top wines and offers well-integrated stylish wines for everyday enjoyment.

Daily Express

Dry and delicious, this Kiwi chardonnay delivers a fresh, bright taste with peach and apple aromas and a delicious, mineral finish.

Matt Nixson

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