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KUMEU RIVER ESTATE CHARDONNAY 2017

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New Vintage Release – Another Masterpiece

  • Closure: Screw Cap
  • Unit: Each
  • Volume: 750ml
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Grape: 100% Chardonnay

$35.99 $29.99 elsewhere $35.99

Regions : Auckland

New Vintage Release – Another Masterpiece

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The Brajkovich family have carved out a reputation second to none for Chardonnay and every new release adds to that reputation.


Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
"If you can taste history, duty, and family pride in a glass, it’s there in the Kumeu River Chardonnays… now producing some of New Zealand’s greatest Chardonnays, not to mention the world’s.”


Winery notes (2017 Vintage)
"Kumeu River 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 label.

The 2017 vintage was cool and windy with some weather episodes during harvest. This made hand harvesting crucial in maintaining the standard of the Estate Chardonnay that we have set for this wine. The nose is immediately fragrant, a hallmark of 2017, with a touch of citrus and peach. The texture supple and with a beautiful bracing acidity on the finish. The wine is delicious now and will provide beautiful drinking over the next 6 years."


16.5/20 Jancis Robinson, October 2018 (2017 Vintage)
"Water white. Fresh as a daisy on the nose. Very young and Chablis-like. But on the palate there is Cote d’Or richness and intensity, finishing with a strong youthful streak of lime. Drink 2019-2027."


Reviews for the 2016 vintage…


5 Stars Michael Cooper (2016 Vintage)
"This wine ranks fourth in the company's hierarchy of five Chardonnays, after three single-vineyard labels, but is still outstanding. Grown at Kumeu, in West Auckland, it is powerful, with rich, beautifully interwoven flavours and a seductively creamy texture, but also has good acid spine. The key to its quality lies in the vineyards, says winemaker Michael Brajkovich: 'We manage to get the grapes very ripe.' Grown in several blocks around Kumeu, hand-picked, fermented with indigenous yeasts and lees-aged (with weekly or twice-weekly lees-stirring) in Burgundy oak barriques (typically 25 per cent new), the wine normally undergoes a full, softening malolactic fermentation. The 2016 vintage is a top buy. Pale lemon/green, it is fragrant, mouthfilling and youthful, with finely balanced acidity and ripe, citrusy, peachy, slightly biscuity and toasty flavours, showing excellent depth, complexity and harmony. Already enjoyable, it should be at its best 2019+."


5 Stars & 18.5/20 Raymond Chan, February 2018 (2016 Vintage)
"Bright, even straw-yellow colour with pale golden hues, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is softly full and harmoniously integrated with white stonefruit aromas, fresh white florals and nutty notes and chalky minerals. This shows good volume with elegance, unfolding citrus fruit and spicy oak with aeration. Medium-full bodied, the palate is full with mouthfilling flavours of ripe white stonefruits and citrus fruit, along with subtle floral notes, and creamy, nutty oak and spice nuances. The mouthfeel is vigorous with good depth and presence, and is enlivened by refreshing, crisp acidity. The wine has drive and carries to a full, strong, lingering finish of citrus fruits and nuts. This is a mouthfilling, vigorous Chardonnay with fine ripe white stonefruit and citrus fruit along with nutty, spicy oak and refreshing acidity. Match with seafood and poultry dishes over the next 4 years. Hand-picked fruit from 6 vineyards, WBP and indigenous yeast barrel-fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 11 months in 20% new oak with 100% MLF."


Paul Tudor MW, noted.co.nz, May 2018 (2016 Vintage)
"In a recent tasting of the past eight vintages of this wine, this was one of the standouts, showing great finesse and poise. A savoury, complex wine that truly delivers at the table. Try it with a classic white fish like snapper or tarakihi. A Kiwi classic."

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