Kumeu River 'Estate 'Chardonnay 2014
Not Vintage Specific
Item Number: 24653
James Suckling 93
Top 50 New Zealand Wines 2016
“Showing impressive purity and focus right from the very first impression, this provides flinty lemons, yellow grapefruit and peach and melon fruits that all sit in perfect, harmonious layers on the nose. The palate's assertively flavored, meanwhile, with lemons, peaches and pineapple, as well as hints of creamed honey and just the right acid balance, which allows this wine to sit long and fresh. Oak is a mere subtext here; it's all about pure, fresh fruit.” Nick Stock , December 22, 2016
90 Wine Spectator Online
"A crisp, vibrant pineapple and grapefruit core, with accents of spice and honey adding complexity and richness on the long finish." MaryAnn Worobiec, 2016
The word that best describes everything about Chardonnay in 2014 is "generous." The aromas are warm and fruity, and the flavors are big and rounded. The palate shows lovely texture and length without excessive alcohol, and the acidity is well balanced but still crisp and fine, with a great mineral feel on the finish. We are very confident that the 2014 vintage will come to be regarded as one of the greatest ever from Kumeu River.
Michael Brajkovich M.W., winemaker
Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Vineyards: Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay is drawn from six different vineyard sites in the Kumeu region. We are particularly careful in selecting only the very best grapes from these vineyards for our Kumeu River Estate.
Pressing: Whole-bunched pressed
Fermentation: Wild-yeast in French barriques
Aging: Aged 11 months in French barriques (20% new, remainder up to 5 years old); aged 5 months in tank after barrel aging
Smooth with a buttery finish.
Posted by Jonathan on 5/18/17 [Verified]
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