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Kumeu Village Hand-Harvested Chardonnay 2018

White Wine from New Zealand
A great-value, easy-drinking New Zealand chardonnay from this great estate. Fresh, bright and delicious with tempting peach and apple aromas developing on the generous palate.
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Code: NZ11171

Wine characteristics

  • White Wine
  • Dry
  • Chardonnay
  • 13% Alcohol
  • Oak used but not v. noticeable
  • Now to 2023
  • Screwcap

New Zealand

Still a baby when compared with other regions, New Zealand has quickly earned a reputation for top-quality wine. New Zealand might be a relative newcomer to the wine world (in 1960, the country had fewer than 400 hectares of vine) but its rise to pre-eminence is extraordinary. The precise, pure flavour of its wines has captured the attention of wine drinkers; Society sales certainly reflect this.

The country’s two islands cover a vast area from north to south (it is often quoted in wine books that if New Zealand was in the northern hemisphere, the country would stretch from North Africa to Paris). The maritime climate is influenced by the strong prevailing winds of the Pacific Ocean and the striking mountainous terrain. These factors give the islands a wide range of growing conditions; broadly speaking, the regions of the North Island tend to be warmer than the cooler South Island.

The cool New Zealand climate offers real opportunity for aromatic varieties like sauvignon blanc,...
Still a baby when compared with other regions, New Zealand has quickly earned a reputation for top-quality wine. New Zealand might be a relative newcomer to the wine world (in 1960, the country had fewer than 400 hectares of vine) but its rise to pre-eminence is extraordinary. The precise, pure flavour of its wines has captured the attention of wine drinkers; Society sales certainly reflect this.

The country’s two islands cover a vast area from north to south (it is often quoted in wine books that if New Zealand was in the northern hemisphere, the country would stretch from North Africa to Paris). The maritime climate is influenced by the strong prevailing winds of the Pacific Ocean and the striking mountainous terrain. These factors give the islands a wide range of growing conditions; broadly speaking, the regions of the North Island tend to be warmer than the cooler South Island.

The cool New Zealand climate offers real opportunity for aromatic varieties like sauvignon blanc, riesling, pinot gris and gewurztraminer . Of the latter three, young plantings mean many styles rely more on sugar than fruit, which we avoid buying. But the very best share the intensity and palate weight of great Alsace examples with vibrant, lifted flavours. South Island’s Marlborough region is the benchmark setter for the former, and there are many pungently aromatic sauvignons that are stunning. Look out, too, for some of the exciting sub-regional wines – the Awatere is Marlborough’s coolest valley, now making really attractive, delicate and grassy wines, and Nelson across the hills is yielding superb wines from quality conscious producers like Neudorf.

The first sauvignon blanc vines were planted in Marlborough around 30 years ago, when most farmers were raising cattle or growing fruit. The wines have since taken the world by storm. Farms have been replaced by vineyards, and today, chardonnay and pinot also flourish in Marlborough’s cool climate. The choice is sensational, so is the consistency in quality. However, Marlborough is not only about sauvignon blanc and there are crisp, juicy chardonnays and ripe but balanced pinot noirs of excellence.

Further south is Central Otago, in the centre of the island. Pinot noir is something of a speciality here, though on the wrong site it can have difficulty reaching full maturity in this continental climate. The best seasons produce the country’s most dazzling examples of the grape, full-flavoured and superbly pure, and the greatest wines of this scenic region are in high demand around the world

The north island also boasts excellent wine regions. North of the city of Auckland there is the Bay of Islands where a unique microclimate helps winemakers produce some wonderful reds, and the Brajkovich family’s Kumeu River Estate, specialising in rich but elegant chardonnay, can be found just north-west of New Zealand's biggest city. Waiheke Island, just off the coast close to Auckland, also produces some excellent wines.

Hawkes Bay on the east coast of the North Island covers an extensive area of rolling hills, a sweep of coastline and the sharply dominant Te Mata Peak. The warm climate successfully ripens red grape varieties, the very best grown in the gravelly alluvial soils of the Gimblett Gravels appellation. Syrah is now adding its name to the roll call of successful varieties like cabernet and merlot. Chardonnay is well established here too, and the area makes some of New Zealand’s fullest and ripest examples.

Close to Wellington at the southern tip of the North Island is Martinborough, arguably New Zealand’s most exciting area for pinot noir. The long growing season is particularly suitable to the slow, gradual ripening that this Burgundian grape so enjoys.
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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.

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The Daily Telegraph

The diffusion line from the revered Kumeu River on NewZealand’s North Island is just as impressive as its more expensive siblings. Ithas a luminosity that should please Burgundy fans.  

- Victoria Moore

Manchester Evening News

… peach and applenotes and a touch of complexity from lees stirring.

- Jane Clare

Sunday Express

New Zealand makessome fabulous chardonnay, but it lives in the shadow of sauvignon, the grapeKiwis are best known for. This is fresh with plenty of flavour, showing pear,white peach and honey with some...
New Zealand makessome fabulous chardonnay, but it lives in the shadow of sauvignon, the grapeKiwis are best known for. This is fresh with plenty of flavour, showing pear,white peach and honey with some mineral hints. It's precise and stony.
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- Jamie Goode

The Daily Telegraph

Best 50 wines under£10: Just as we went to press this came off a £2-off deal. It’s still brilliantat full price – just not under £10 ... Effectively the diffusion line...
Best 50 wines under£10: Just as we went to press this came off a £2-off deal. It’s still brilliantat full price – just not under £10 ... Effectively the diffusion line fromchardonnay star Kumeu River, it has pleasing weight and vibrancy with brightdelineation. Superb.
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- Victoria Moore

Wine-pages.com

From one of New Zealand's Chardonnay maestros, this entry level wine for Kumeu River is still hand-harvested and fermented with wild yeasts. Around 25% of fruit comes from Hawke's Bay the...
From one of New Zealand's Chardonnay maestros, this entry level wine for Kumeu River is still hand-harvested and fermented with wild yeasts. Around 25% of fruit comes from Hawke's Bay the rest from the home vineyards north of Auckland. Made in a combination of stainless steel and older oak barrels, and whole-bunch pressed, it is creamy with a touch of oatmeal and spice, creamy apple, but fresh. Crisp on the finish, a touch of exotic fruit comes through on the mid-palate adding some lusciousness. 
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- Tom Cannavan

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