Kumeu River Village Chardonnay 2016
Hot price NZ chardonnay!
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Kumeu River, northwest of Auckland is without a doubt NZ’s finest chardonnay producer. Master of Wine and Winemaker Michael Brajkovich has been crafting fine chardonnay at the estate since the 1980’s. Hand picked fruit and vigorous selection from the low yielding vines, whole bunch pressed, wild yeasts, a third of the fruit fermented in French oak barriques and full malolactic fermentation to soften the pristine acidity and add texture and dimension. Not surprising Michael is not shy in comparing his Chardonnays with the great White Burgundies like Domain Leflaive!
Kumeu’s “entry-level” chardonnay reveals the true class of this producer. Vastly underpriced for the sheer quality in the glass.
From the winemaker … “This wine was fermented 25% in old French oak barriques, and 75% in stainless steel tanks, so there is very little oak influence on either nose or palate. This has allowed the vibrant fruit to show through beautifully with lively lime and lemon aromas and a flinty, mineral edginess with hints of fig and white peach.
The weighty mid-palate also shows peachy ripeness along with crisp acid minerality that gives the wine a refreshing cleansing quality. This wine is delightful as an aperitif, and even better to drink with fish and shellfish.”
Review of 2015 ..
Michael Coopers Buying Guide 2017, Reviewed 2017 Edition “Kumeu River’s lower-tier, drink-young wine is hand-picked from heavier-bearing Chardonnay clones than the Mendoza commonly used for the top wines, and is typically fermented with indigenous yeasts in a mix of tanks (principally) and seasoned French oak casks. The 2015 vintage (3.5*) was fully barrel-fermented, due to the ultra low-cropping season. Lemon-scented, it is youthful, with mouthfilling body, strong, citrusy flavours, a subtle oak influence and good acid spine. Fine value.”
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Auckland, New Zealand