Kumeu River "Mates" Chardonnay New Zealand 2008
The estate was founded in 1944 but has made its reputation with Chardonnay which was first planted in 1979 at about the same time that the Finns planted their first vineyard at Neudorf. Other grapes and wines are now proving popular and successful, but it is the Chardonnay which put Kumeu River on the map. All the chardonnay fruit comes from the village of Kumeu, just NW of Auckland, and is either estate-owned or estate-managed. This is a warmer climate, at the "top" of New Zealand and the wines have corresponding weight and richness, buttressed by some new oak, but always with a marvellously bracing citrusy acidity.
External Reviews for Kumeu River "Mates" Chardonnay New Zealand
Kumeu River's flagship Chardonnay achieves a concentration and complexity that confirms its exalted status. Big, yet supremely elegant wine with pineapple, peach, mineral. spicy oak and roasted nut characters. Richly textured with a lingering finish.... Bob Campbell, MW. A Chardonnay wine from Auckland in New Zealand. 2008 Kumeu River Chardonnay Mates Vineyard 750ml
A zingy wine, with plenty of green apple, Bartlett pear and lemon-lime flavors that are bright and refreshing, with a crisp acidity surging through. Shows accents of fresh thyme and mineral on the finish. Drink now through 2016. 300 cases imported. -... Wine Spectator. A Chardonnay wine from in New Zealand. 2008 Kumeu River Chardonnay Mates Vineyard 750ml