2007 Kumeu River "Estate" Chardonnay Kumeu New Zealand (Elsewhere $30)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
There's an intense peach and butterscotch character on the nose with notes of lemon curd and honeysuckle plus a touch of ginger nut. Medium bodied with crisp acid and great concentration, it has a long finish.
*Top 100 Wines of 2009* Bright, tangy and elegant, this vibrant wine has grapefruit and pineapple flavors at the fore, picking up apple and spice as the finish lingers effortlessly. Drink now through 2017.
Kumeu River's Estate bottling remains among the finest in New Zealand, beautifully balancing oak and fruit in an intricate ballet of toast, vanilla, melon and pineapple. It's full bodied and round in the mouth, with no harsh or discordant notes on the lingering finish.
Cool. Youthful, wet-wool sort of nose. Lovely fresh yet ripe fruit on the palate. A very nice package. Real pleasure for current drinking even if New World Chardonnay is, oddly, a category that relatively rarely seems to come my way at the moment.
Wine & Spirits
There's a gentle lemon and tart orange-citrus perfume to this wine, with oak age bringing an earthy leesiness. A full-bodied white for a veal roast.