Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay 2017

Original Price $36.99
Current Price $31.97

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93pts James Suckling
In his article "To Paint A Picture: Kumeu River Chardonnay 2006-2017", Neal Martin wrote "Amongst the very best Chardonnay producers in the world is Kumeu River in New Zealand. Their Chardonnays were put to the test a few years ago when several were assessed blind, intermixed with some very serious Puligny-Montrachets and Meursaults. Kumeu River triumphed to such an extent that it became almost embarrassing. And to think that you can buy an entire case of Kumeu River for the cost of a single bottle of some Grand Crus.”

Kumeau Chardonnays are one of the best Burgundian style Chardonnays outside of France, and this Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay is no exception. The quality level is off the charts in a very unassuming package. Everything is lovingly executed from wild yeast fermentation to barrel selection. These wines can age just like 1er Cru & Grand Cru white Burgundy. Any questions?

James Suckling: "This emanates a sense of vibrant fruit from the outset with white-nectarine and light mango aromas, laced with yellow-grapefruit and stony, savory nuances. The palate has plenty of flavor in the yellow-peach spectrum. Fleshy, fresh and juicy right the way through. Drink now. Screw cap." Oct 2018

Robert Parker, Jr's Wine Advocate: "All barrel-fermented, with 20% new oak, the 2017 Estate Chardonnay is a stellar effort. Smoky, nutty hints of roasted cashews appear on the nose, adding depth and richness to notes of peach and pineapple. Medium to full-bodied on the palate, it's richly textured—something of a cross between creamy and sherbet-like—coming to a long, luscious finish. I don't expect it will be the longest-lived wine, but it sure is delicious. Drink 2019-2026.

As always, the 2017 Chardonnays here are stunning, as proven by the numerous blind tastings Brajkovich has held, pitting his wines against premier cru Burgundies. These are wines not to be missed by Chardonnay lovers." Feb 2019

Antonio Galloni's Vinous: "The 2017 Estate Chardonnay has a fresh, well-defined bouquet of citrus fruit complemented by subtle scents of brioche and almond. The palate is taut and crisp on the entry with a twist of sour lemon. Very saline in the mouth, not powerful but full of tension. The aforementioned saline tang lingers on the aftertaste. Superb - one of the best Estate releases in recent years. Drink 2020-2037." Feb 2019

Winery: "The 2017 vintage was cool and windy with some weather episodes during harvest. This made hand harvesting crucial in maintaining the standard of the Estate Chardonnay that we have set for this wine. The nose is immediately fragrant, a hallmark of 2017, with a touch of citrus and peach. The texture supple and with a beautiful bracing acidity on the finish. The wine is delicious now and will provide beautiful drinking over the next 6 years."

750ml, screw cap
Varietal 100% Chardonnay
Total Acidity 5.6g/L
pH 3.21
Aging 11 months in barrel

Region Auckland, New Zealand
Original Price $36.99
Current Price $31.97

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