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Kumeu River
Chardonnay, Hunting Hill, Kumeu — 2021

jamessuckling.com
96 Points

“This has aromas of flint, toast, jasmine, dried pineapples, lemons and sea shells. Some cardamom and salted butter. Classy and driven, with a medium to full body and tight, sleek layers. Perfumed and bright. Everything in balance.” 

James Suckling, November 2022
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Kumeu River
Chardonnay, Maté’s Vineyard, Kumeu — 2021

jamessuckling.com
99 Points

“Slightly deeper gold-hued compared to the classic cuvée, it offers textbook notes of sauteed peach, honeyed citrus, flower oil, and hints of green almonds. Medium to full-bodied, concentrated, and beautifully balanced, it has good acidity and a great finish.” 

James Suckling, November 2022
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Kumeu River
Chardonnay, Estate, Kumeu — 2021

jamessuckling.com
94 Points

“Lemons, white apricots, white grapefruit, slate and sea shells. Elegant and mineral, with a medium body and creamy, textured and layered palate. Classy and fresh.” 

James Suckling , November 2022
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Kumeu River
Chardonnay, Rays Road, Hawkes Bay — 2021

jamessuckling.com
93 Points

“Mangoes, lemon curd, baked apples, hazelnuts, custard and some salted caramel. Ripe and creamy with a full body. Tropical fruit and buttery layers balanced by bright acidity.” 

James Suckling, November 2022
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Kumeu River
Chardonnay, Hunting Hill, Kumeu — 2020

Wine Spectator
94 Points

“Powerful and fragrant, with roasted pineapple, apricot and yellow peach flavors that are ripe, juicy and fleshy, with terrific intensity and an appealing touch of salted caramel on the long finish.”

MaryAnn Worobiec, September 2022
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Kumeu River
Chardonnay, Maté’s Vineyard, Kumeu – 2020

Wine Spectator
93 Points

“Rich, showing appealing ripeness to the Fuji apple, white peach, lemon curd and spice flavors, with firm acidity and elegant details of candied ginger peel on the finish.” 

MaryAnn Worobiec, September 2022
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Kumeu River
Chardonnay, Coddington, Kumeu — 2020

Wine Spectator
93 Points

“Vibrant and expressive, with Bartlett pear, yellow apple and dried apricot flavors that show touches of honeycomb, finishing with a note of salted almond.”

MaryAnn Worobiec, September 2022
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Kumeu River
Chardonnay, Estate, Kumeu — 2020

Wine Spectator
92 Points

“Shows succulent peach, nectarine and apple flavors that are intense and juicy, with a hint of butterscotch and mineral. The finish reveals notes of orange blossom.”

MaryAnn Worobiec, September 2022
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Kumeu River
Chardonnay, Rays Road, Hawkes Bay — 2020

90 Points

“Intense and juicy, with mouthwatering pear, lemon and pomelo flavors and a hint of white flowers on the long finish.”

MaryAnn Worobiec, September 2022
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Kumeu River
Chardonnay, Maté’s Vineyard, Kumeu – 2020

jamessuckling.com
100 Points

This is such impressive chardonnay in terms of power and complexity, delivering so much with such poise. Aromas of lemons and peaches intersect with lightly spicy oak and brioche on the nose. The palate drops mouth-filling flavors of peach and lemon and winds tight, before exploding long on the finish with a long, nutty afterglow. Perfect chardonnay.

James Suckling, August 2021
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Kumeu River
Chardonnay, Coddington, Kumeu — 2020

jamessuckling.com
97 Points

This is a wine of real purity and elegance with fresh sliced peaches and lemons, as well as some light pastry notes. The palate is fine, unwaveringly long and pure with enlivening acidity through the finish. Stunning.

James Suckling, August 2021
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Kumeu River
Chardonnay, Hunting Hill, Kumeu — 2020

jamessuckling.com
96 Points

A complex chardonnay with yellow citrus, as well as lemon-curd and creamy tones. Light hazelnut, too. The palate has such all-encompassing, fresh peachy flavors and builds impressively through the long, full finish.

James Suckling, August 2021
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Kumeu River
Chardonnay, Estate, Kumeu — 2020

jamessuckling.com
95 Points

Intense and complex chardonnay with lemons and peaches, as well as pastry and fresh cream. The palate is stacked with ripe-peach flavor and fresher, citrus tones and has complex, layered texture. Classy wine.

James Suckling, August 2021
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Kumeu River
Chardonnay, Rays Road, Hawkes Bay — 2020

jamessuckling.com
95 Points

This is a fuller style from Hawke’s Bay and quite different from the rest of the Kumeu range of chardonnays. Bold, ripe peaches dominate the nose and palate. The texture is impressively silky and smooth. Very fleshy and complete. Impressive.

James Suckling, August 2021
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Kumeu River
Chardonnay, Village, Kumeu – 2020

jamessuckling.com
91 Points

As always, this has a selection of riper fruit, in the more tropical spectrum of melon and peach. It retains purity well. The palate holds such impressive concentration and hits the mark of freshness. A very strong release, representing real value.

James Suckling, August 2021
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Kumeu River
Chardonnay, Maté’s Vineyard, Kumeu – 2020

Vinous
97 Points

This appears to have gone on a yoga retreat in 2020: not only is its usual powerful self, but it's remarkably zen too, exuding a sense of calmness. It is full-bodied, round and offers fruit ripeness, but the propensity of the Mendoza clone to hen-and-chicks means that it retains a sense of nerve, with powerful citrusy acidity providing the needle that pulls a tight thread through this wine's core. The 2020 is still far too young, and it is aromatically shy, but even in its full mature glory, it won't exhibit aromatic fireworks – nor should it. This is Chardonnay...

Rebecca Gibb, July 2021
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Kumeu River
Chardonnay, Hunting Hill, Kumeu — 2020

Vinous
95 Points

Possibly the most complete Hunting Hill Chardonnay I've tasted in youth, the 2020 provides a harmonious, melt-in-your-mouth impression. It has breadth and concentration but retains a sense of elegance on the midpalate before finishing with precision and length. Yes, there's a little bit of flint character too, but then Hunting Hill is known to be reductive; give it time. Like Forrest Gump, it runs through a finish line and keeps on going effortlessly. There's no box of chocolates here, though; it's all white nectarine, citrus, white flowers and a touch of smoked nuts.

Rebecca Gibb, July 2021
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Kumeu River
Chardonnay, Coddington, Kumeu — 2020

Vinous
93 Points

Another typically weighty expression from Kumeu's Coddington vineyard, the 2020 Chardonnay Coddington fills the midpalate with its density and breadth. It is a wine of clarity, the oak-derived smoky, nutty notes providing a savory layer over nectarine and lemon meringue. However, this is not a wine that needs multiple flavor descriptors; it's a wine of texture. Expect the smooth, mellow mouthfeel to be followed up with lovely precision and sinew on the lengthy, smoky finish.

Rebecca Gibb, July 2021
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Kumeu River
Chardonnay, Estate, Kumeu — 2020

Vinous
91 Points

There's a sense of calm to the 2020 Chardonnay Estate, a blend of six different sites. It is mellow, offering a plump cushion of Chardonnay goodness on the midpalate but not becoming heavy nor opulent, its youthful edge and fresh acidity tying it together into a precise finish. It offers classic subtle Chardonnay characters of Golden Delicious apple, white nectarine, and a mere whiff of oak-derived smokiness. Well-constructed, satisfying, and elegant.

Rebecca Gibb, July 2021
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Kumeu River
Chardonnay, Village, Kumeu – 2020

JancisRobinson.com
16.5 Points

Surprisingly rich nose. Fine, appetizing, crisp palate with just a little chewiness still evident at this point. There's a suggestion of sweet grapefruit juice. Really clean, fresh and long.

Jancis Robinson, June 2021
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