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2014 Kumeu River "Estate" Chardonnay Kumeu

SKU #1305882 95 points Bob Campbell

 20% new oak. Impressive Chardonnay with peach, stone fruit, toasted nut, brioche, vanilla and spicy oak. Great texture - quite rich with a suede-like feel. Lengthy wine with a good structure of gentle acidity and subtle tannins. Offers good value at this price.

94 points Sam Kim

 This is immediate and delectable. Of course, the wine displays Kumeu River's signature elegance plus the bouquet that is ripe and fragrant, and the palate plump and fleshy. Aromas of white peach, rockmelon, cashew and cream lead to a succulent palate that is beautifully weighted and rounded, backed by bright acidity. Silky and long, and very delightful. At its best: now to 2023.

93 points James Suckling

 Showing impressive purity and focus right from the very first impression, this provides flinty lemons, yellow grapefruit and peach and melon fruits that all sit in perfect, harmonious layers on the nose. The palate's assertively flavored, meanwhile, with lemons, peaches and pineapple, as well as hints of creamed honey and just the right acid balance, which allows this wine to sit long and fresh. Oak is a mere subtext here; it's all about pure, fresh fruit. Drink now.  (12/2016)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Estate Chardonnay gives a lot of character and bang for your buck, offering ripe peach, lemon curd and honeysuckle notes with an allspice undercurrent. Medium-bodied, the palate has spot-on intensity and balance with a fine acid backbone delivering the long stone fruit and citrus laced finish. (LPB)  (12/2015)

90 points Vinous

 Bright, pale straw-yellow. Musky, leesy aromas of stone fruits, orange blossom and nutmeg are lifted by ineffable high notes of lavender and fresh herbs. Round, spicy and concentrated but classically dry, conveying a light touch and a dusty impression of extract to its peach and spice flavors. Deeper and more substantial than the Kumeu Village wine, and longer and chewier on the aftertaste. Harmonious from the start but built for medium-term aging. (ST)  (5/2016)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 Toasted almond aromas lead the way in this elegant, harmonious offering. It's medium bodied and plump, easily supporting intriguing notes of smoke, pineapple, peach and citrus. Drink now–2020. (JC)  (7/2017)

90 points Wine Spectator

 A crisp, vibrant pineapple and grapefruit core, with accents of spice and honey adding complexity and richness on the long finish. Drink now. (MW, Web-2016)

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Staff Image By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/13/2017 | Send Email
This stone fruit driven beauty has beautiful acidity and a medium to full texture with bright citrus to compliment the richer texture. Nice, long finish with lingering lemony notes, kiwi, and peachy undertones. Very balanced and superbly enjoyable!

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.

New Zealand

- New Zealand is an extremely diverse wine-growing nation. The long history of producing wine started in the 1830s with wineries such as Mission Estate (1850) and Te Mata Estate (1896) still producing wine today. The two islands hold a multitude of different growing climates ranging from warmer areas such as Hawke’s Bay to very cool regions such as Waitaki, and Awatere. Most regions are defined as Maritime with the exception being Central Otago that has a moderate Continental climate with the high elevation creating dramatic diurnal swings in temperature. The plethora of grapes grown in New Zealand reflects this diverse microclimate make up. Everything has a place here, Bordeaux varietals and Syrah in Hawke’s Bay, Chardonnay and Pinot in Nelson, Pinot Noir and Riesling in Central Otago , aromatic whites in Waipara and pretty much everything you can imagine in Marlborough. New Zealand is also one of the “greenest” wine producing nations on earth (94% of wine certified sustainable in 2013) with a strong focus on organic and Biodynamic farming.