Kumeu River

Kumeu, New Zealand

Chardonnay, Village, Kumeu – 2019

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • County Composition: Kumeu, Auckland & Hawkes Bay
    • Size: 14 hectares
    • Vine Age: Vines planted between 1989-2016
  • Vinification

    • 100% hand harvested
      100% whole-bunch pressed
      Indigenous-yeast fermentation
      100% malolactic fermentation
      55% tank fermentation
      45% barrel fermentation (5 year old + French oak barriques)

  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
  • Tasting Notes

    • Produced from hand harvested grapes grown in Kumeu and Hawkes Bay, this wine was fermented 45% in old French oak barriques and  55% in stainless steel tanks. The barrel fermentation provides some richness but very little oak influence. Combined with tank fermentation, this allows the vibrant fruit to show through beautifully with lively lime and lemon aromas and a flinty, mineral edginess with hints of fig and white peach.

      The 2019 vintage was outstanding and has delivered a Village wine of greater complexity than usual. The weighty mid-palate shows peachy ripeness along with crisp acid minerality that gives the wine a refreshing cleansing quality. This wine is delightful as an aperitif, and even better to drink with fish and shellfish.



  • Kumeu River Chardonnay, Village, Kumeu – 2019 – James Suckling – 91 Points

    A very vibrant, fresh nose with attractive peach and melon aromas, as well as fresh florals, leading to a palate that has pure, fleshy pear, peach and melon flavors. Drink now. Screw cap.