2021 Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay
Auckland, New Zealand
The 2021 vintage was affected by spring frost in 2020 and subsequently yield was 35% less than usual. The quality however was excellent and has produced another fabulous Estate Chardonnay. Kumeu vineyards that contribute to this wine gave us a blend of Chardonnay that is particularly concentrated with very citrus, preserved lemon aromas and a dense layered palate with lingering complexity. This is a quality Chardonnay wine of style and pedigree that is delicious now but has the capability of aging as well as any of its predecessors.
"So graceful and composed, and lovely to drink. White peach, pink grapefruit, almond and spiced biscuit, subtle mint/cucumber and floral perfume. It’s glossy and silky in texture, but bright and fresh, with a twist of lemon zest and green olive, a subtle flinty texture, and a long cool finish. Light and breezy too, delicate even, though not without flavour and intensity. These wines age well, so I suspect there’s a bit more to come here." 94 Points Gary Walsh – The Wine Front
"From selected vineyard sites in Kumeu. Moderately rich, weighty wine with grapefruit, nectarine, oyster shell, and green apple flavours supported by assertive acidity." 92 Points Bob Campbell MW