Kumeu River Village Chardonnay 2008

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"92 points Wine Spectator: This delivers wonderful depth and purity to flavors of lemon curd

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Kumeu River Wines Ltd:
At Kumeu River Wines our winemaking philosophy is simple. We endeavour to grow grapes of the highest standard and then treat them with respect when we turn them into wine. In this way the potential quality is maximised, and we are able to produce wines that are truly representative of our land. To this end our vineyards are trained on the “Lyre” trellis to optimise their exposure to light and t... Read more
At Kumeu River Wines our winemaking philosophy is simple. We endeavour to grow grapes of the highest standard and then treat them with respect when we turn them into wine. In this way the potential quality is maximised, and we are able to produce wines that are truly representative of our land. To this end our vineyards are trained on the “Lyre” trellis to optimise their exposure to light and therefore the ripeness of the grapes. Yields are kept low to improve the concentration of aromas and flavours in the grapes, and we harvest all of our grapes by hand. This allows us to remove faulty berries in the field so that our quality grapes may arrive at the winery in pristine condition. The white grapes are all whole-bunch pressed, which is time-consuming but gives us the best quality results. The reds are destemmed and crushed gently before being transferred to fermentation tanks. No yeasts are added, as we rely solely on the indigenous yeasts that are present in the vineyard to conduct our fermentations. Oak barrels from France play a significant, but never dominant, role in our “Kumeu River” range of wines. The white wines such as Chardonnay and Sauvignon undergo fermentation in barrels, and the flavour nuances that are derived from this phase are crucial to these fine wine styles. The red wines such as Merlot and Pinot Noir are fermented for a prolonged period in stainless steel tanks, but they are also later matured in oak barrels to promote the development of bouquet and to soften the tannin structure of the palate. These are wines of great flavour intensity and complexity, but also with subtlety and elegance, and the potential to develop with further age. We promote the malo-lactic fermentation in both our red and white wines. This bacterial transformation reduces and softens the acidity, and rounds out and complexes the flavour. The result is a much better acid balance and improved drinkability. It has been said many times that good winemaking is as much an art as a science. At Kumeu River Wines we place great importance on both of these factors. Without sound scientific knowledge, winemaking becomes haphazard and risky. Without art, the wines may be technically sound, but often dull and boring to drink. The Brajkovich Family is committed to ensuring that all of our wines are not only properly and correctly produced, but also possessing characters of aroma and flavour that give our customers a great deal of drinking pleasure. Read less

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04/26/2011

Four glasses


External Reviews for Kumeu River Village Chardonnay

External Review
Source: Fame Wine and Tobacco
09/23/2011

The 2008 vintage was exceptionally ripe and combined with a minuscule yield this vineyard has produced a wine of great beauty and richness. It shows the typical ripe peachy fruit we expect from this site and we also see depth and layers of concentration due to the tiny cropping level. The palate is forward with a xurious creamy texture and lovely balancing acidity.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
10/22/2011

A Chardonnay wine from in New Zealand. 2008 Kumeu River Chardonnay Coddington 750ml


External Review
Source: Fame Wine and Tobacco
09/23/2011

"Village Chardonnay features very attractive lifted fruit aromas


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/12/2011

Coddington Chardonnay comes from a single vineyard about 3 kilometers from the winery that was planted in 1994. The soil here is predominately clay and the vines are all Clone 15. The 2008 Coddington Chardonnay is the third vintage of this wine produ... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Chardonnay wine from in New Zealand. 2008 Kumeu River Chardonnay Coddington 750ml


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
08/19/2014

A wonderful balance between crisp, steely notes of citrus, pear and green apple and complex flavor nuances on a smooth texture, with floral, lime peel and tobacco details. The finish just goes on and on. Drink now through 2016.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
08/19/2014

The 2008 Estate Chardonnay is barrel fermented using natural yeasts and about 20% new French oak. 100% goes through malo-lactic. It has pronounced passion fruit, ripe white peach, green mango and toast aromas with some cashew and oatmeal and a whiff of lemon curd. Very crisp, tight and medium bodied, the toast and exotic fruit flavors are concentrated, encased in a creamy texture and leading to a very long finish. This wine is still a little tight and will benefit from 6–12 months in bottle, drinking until 2016+.



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