Kumeu River

Kumeu, New Zealand

Chardonnay, Estate, Kumeu – 2005

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  • Introduction

    • “It would be hard to exaggerate the importance of this famous wine. Kumeu River Chardonnay played a vital role in the renaissance of winemaking in the Auckland region. Kumeu River is one of New Zealand’s great Chardonnays, with a rock-solid, prestigious reputation. A distinctive wine with notable power and concentration…lush, harmonious, and creamy-smooth – a sheer delight to drink. ” –Michael Cooper, Classic Wines of New Zealand 1999

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Kumeu River Chardonnay is drawn from six different vineyard sites. The winery carefully selects only the very best grapes from these vineyards for the Kumeu River label.

    • Vine Age: Average of 10–15 years
  • Vintage Report

    • Yields in 2005 were down as a result of a spring frost in September 2004. The early part of the summer was cool, but the remainder of the summer was perfect, and the grapes achieved a lovely ripeness.

  • Vinification

    • Fermentation: Indigenous yeast, 100% malolactic
    • Barrel Aging: 11 months in oak (20% new)
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
    • Cases Imported: 1,200 (12/750ml)
  • Tasting Notes

    • The wine is very tight and concentrated with hints of peach and a typical mealiness that is seen in Kumeu River Chardonnay. It is powerful, with a silky texture and great length of flavor. The wine will benefit from 2–4 years in bottle.



  • Chardonnay, Estate, Kumeu – 2005 – 89 points – The Wine Advocate

    “The 2005 Chardonnay has Kumeu’s signature Meursault-like nose with great definition with a touch of petrol developing in the glass, the palate very ripe, a little honeyed and viscous with hints of lychee towards the finish.”

  • Chardonnay, Estate, Kumeu – 2005 – 89 points – Wine Spectator

    “Streamlined and intense, with pastry dough, lemon skin, pear and subtle peach flavors. Stone, mineral and vibrant citrus nuances harmonize deftly in the finish.”

  • Chardonnay, Estate, Kumeu – 2005 – 90 points – Wine Enthusiast

    "The citrus and pineapple flavors are reined in by structure, finishing lean and citrusy, with just enough peach to provide flesh."