Chardonnay, Village, Kumeu – 2019
- County Composition: Kumeu, Auckland & Hawkes Bay
- Size: 14 hectares
- Vine Age: Vines planted between 1989-2016
100% hand harvested
100% whole-bunch pressed
100% malolactic fermentation
55% tank fermentation
45% barrel fermentation (5 year old + French oak barriques)
- Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
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.