Kumeu River Wines Ltd

+64 (9) 412 8415 550 Highway 16
Kumeu, Auckland, 1454
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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 Read more »

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  • Pinotage

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  • Kumeu River Chardonnay Kumeu Estate 2008


    Complex on the nose, with fresh crispness tempered by sweet pear, apple, and white peach notes. Peach, green apple and lime notes with soft tangy acidity on the palate. I also get a really faint note of smokiness or tobacco. I don't really notice much oak. Great length. Read More

    Wine review by JenniferT

  • Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay New Zealand 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by Barberesco

  • Kumeu River Chardonnay 2007


    Green apple of aroma, good balance of sweetness and acidity. Got a good finish. Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108

  • Kumeu River Sauvignon Blanc 2009


    Smells and taste like an old grapefruit left on the kitchen counter top for the entire day. Has smells of lysol, the cleaning product, which was not very inviting. It tasted not too bad, with the lysol going away once you tasted it. But one cannot help thinking about someone cleaning the windows or the bathroom. Sad day.This was part of a wine t... Read More

    Wine review by shsim

  • Chardonnay Kumeu Mate's Vineyard 2004


    Quite pineapple and fleshy tropical-fruited on the nose with almond accents. This is opulent in the mouth, rich and slightly viscous, but with vibrant acids. A fine contrasting bitterness enlivens the apple peel notes on the lush mid-palate. This really explodes on the finish. Clear with tremendous height and clarity to the fruit then feathering... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Kumeu River Village Chardonnay 2009


    Earthy and perfumed with a gentle yet complex set of aromatics that are slightly herbal with some tea notes. Smooth, refined and bright on the palate, with a touch of lemon rind accenting the core of apple and pear fruit. Theres a nice mineral note on back end, leading to a refreshing, moderately long finish that shows a bit of orange pith with ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Kumeu River Chardonnay Hunting Hill 2009


    Tight on the nose, reticent at first, with a touch of lip balm and some early berried fruit. This shows huge intensity as it rolls out across the palate with richness and depth, but it remains transparent. There is lovely intensity of pollen, apricot, apple and gentle wood tones, then lemon curd on the mid-palate. Huge length on the finish, whic... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Chardonnay Kumeu River Estate 2009


    More oak-driven aromas of smoke and toasted nuts accent the core of dried fruit aromas. Rich and a bit creamy up front with bright acids supporting a steely base. This is bright and clean with good depth and intensity but remains elegant and medium-bodied in the mouth with lovely length. The finish is slightly oak-driven but zesty and pure with ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Kumeu River Coddington Chardonnay 2009


    Aloe,quartzy soil, apple blossom and a hint of honey come together on the nose. This is fairly rich on entry, though bright acids kick in quickly to really firm this up on the mid-palate which delivers ripe apple and pear fruit. While remaining bright, this does have a fine nutty, hazelnut brittle edge to it that adds a slight nougat/honey note ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Kumeu River Chardonnay Kumeu Mate's Vineyard 2009


    Aromatic and slightly spicy on the nose with a touch of honied character, candy corn and preserved lime fruit. Very round and supple in the mouth, though with bright acids supporting a very fine mineral, toffee almond, dried citrus and touch of pineapple core of fruit. Turns a bit more toffeed and nutty on the finish which also shows vibrant aci... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

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