2016 Estate Chardonnay, Kumeu River, Kumeu

The 2016 Estate Chardonnay from Kumeu River is taut, precise and expressive. There are notes of acacia and crisp apple, alongside lime blossom and an element of steeliness and crushed oyster shell. This offers amazing complexity for the price.

Critic score
92/100
Pricing
Case, 12 Bottles
From a client
1 available
£320.16
Bottle
From a client
Report
11 available
£27.70

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    Kumeu, Auckland, North Island, New Zealand
  • Grape
    Chardonnay
  • Maturity
    Ready 2018 - 2025
  • Colour
    White
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • ABV
    14%
  • Organic
    Principally Organic
2016 Estate Chardonnay, Kumeu River, Kumeu

TASTING NOTES

An array of local sites blended together, this gives a heart and soul feel for the vintage at Kumeu. Plenty of richness and ripeness. Quite peachy and almost heads into mango tropical territory. A fleshy and approachable palate.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (November 2017)
92/100
Kumeu River

Called “White Burgundy in Kiwi clothing” by Neal Martin and "an Auckland Pearl" by Julia Harding MW, no New World producer has received such critical acclaim over the last few years as Kumeu River. It’s no surprise: this is a New Zealand Chardonnay producer crafting wines of Grand Cru quality at village wine prices. And the connection to Burgundy is apt: these wines are dead ringers for top white Chassagne-Montrachet, Puligny-Montrachet or Meursault, without losing their own sense of identity.

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