Kumeu River Village Kumeu Chardonnay, New Zealand, 2017

Kumeu River Village Kumeu Chardonnay, New Zealand, 2017 - Merchant of Wine

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Overview of the Wine

Founded in 1944 by Mick Brajkovich, wife Katé and son Maté, Kumeu River was one of the early pioneers in Auckland, New Zealand, that helped to establish its reputation as a world-class wine region. Still family owned and run, Kumeu River continues to pioneer new frontiers: winemaker Michael Brajkovich became New Zealand’s first member of the prestigious Institute of Masters of Wine, London, and has been testing and championing screw cap closures for close to 20 years.

81% old French oak barrique, 19% stainless steel tank
Malolactic: 100%
Barrel Fermentation: 81%

Grape / Blend

100% Chardonnay

Origin

Kumeu, Auckland & Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

Tasting Notes

A classic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc displaying a vibrant nose with aromas of tropical fruit, herbaceous notes and a lashing of citrus. Time on lees adds a textural quality to the palate, with subtle notes of lemon blossom and passionfruit. The finish is refreshing, crisp, and dry.

90 Points - James Suckling
A generous array of ripe pears and poached peaches with a ripe and forward feel. This has a lot of flavor. Nicely resolved at the finish. Drink now. Screw cap.

89 Points - The Wine Advocate
Incorporating approximately 20% Hawke's Bay fruit from a recently acquired vineyard, the 2017 Village Chardonnay is one of the strongest I can recall, despite a challenging vintage. Mainly fermented and aged in older barrels, it's medium-bodied and plump in the mouth, with notes of peach and pineapple.

Product Size: 750ml

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