Kumeu River 2019 Estate Chardonnay

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The 2019 Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay is sourced from six different vineyard sites in the Kumeu Region in a truly exceptional vintage. The level of citrus fruit complexity, and the layering of aromas and flavors that this wine shows are stunning. This is a quality Chardonnay wine of style and pedigree that is delicious now but has the capability of aging as well as if not better than any of its predecessors.

Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Appellation: Kumeu, Aukland, north island New Zealand
Aging: 100% barrel fermented with indigenous yeast, then matured 11 months in barrel

93 Points - Wine Advocate
"Boasting signature scents of toasted hazelnuts and white peaches, the 2019 Estate Chardonnay is a classic example of the house style. Medium to full-bodied, it somehow manages to be creamy and zesty at the same time, with rich fruit enlivened by electric acidity and bright citrus notes. Always enjoyable young, this vintage looks to have at least a decade's worth of longevity." -JC, 6/17/21

92 Points - Wine Spectator
"Supple, with a hint of sweet butter that mingles with marmalade, orange blossom, lemon sherbet, and lemongrass flavors. Complex and expressive, with a long, lingering finish. Drink now through 2028. 7,000 cases made, 750 cases imported." -MAW, 4/30/21

92 Points - Wine Enthusiast
"Kumeu's estate Chard walks a tightrope of textural richness and delicate fruit. Along with the barrel influence, it exudes notes of melon, citrus, florals and damp, salty undertones like seashells at high tide. In the mouth, bright fruit and a crunch of acidity balance a slippery texture and more oak on the finish. Drink now." -CP, 9/1/21

91 Points - Vinous
"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." -RG, Oct/2020



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