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Kumeu River Estate

2018 Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay


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2018 Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay 

Region: Kumeu, NZ


Kumeu River Chardonnay is drawn from six different vineyard sites in the Kumeu Region. The 2018 vintage was warm but with some weather episodes during harvest. This made hand harvesting crucial in maintaining the standard of the Estate Chardonnay that they have set for this wine. The nose shows the ripe peach and nutty character that we expect to see from the Estate Chardonnay. 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.


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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, 100% 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!