Kumeu Village Chardonnay 2014

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Unmistakably Kumeu but the ‘Village’ is all about immediate enjoyment whereas the single estate wines need years to fill-out. The palate offers lots of ripe peach, stone and citrus fruits, which are all beautifully housed in a silken textured, weighty mouthfeel. This is a must-buy if you are seeking out an epic Chardonnay around the ten pound mark. Kumeu River’s Village Chardonnay is hand harvested from younger vines panted between 1994 to 2001. The wine was fermented using indigenous yeast in a combination of old French oak barriques (25 percent) and stainless-steel tanks (75 percent).

Taste & Aroma

Kumeu River’s Village Chardonnay is hand harvested from younger vines panted between 1994 to 2001. The wine was fermented using indigenous yeast in a combination of old French oak barriques (25 percent) and stainless-steel tanks (75 percent). Unmistakably Kumeu but the ‘Village’ is all about immediate enjoyment whereas the single estate wines need years to fill-out. The palate offers lots of ripe peach, stone and citrus fruits, which are all beautifully housed in a silken textured, weighty mouthfeel. This is a must-buy if you are seeking out an epic Chardonnay around the ten pound mark.

Stuart McCloskey

Producer

1944 was an auspicious year for the wine industry in Kumeu, Western Auckland. This is when the Brajkovich family of Croatian extraction bought their eponymous estate, which now makes the most outstanding chardonnays to leave New Zealand, let alone the North Island. A real family affair, all of the founder’s children are involved in some aspect of the business, but winemaking is in the charge of Michael Brajkovich who also has the distinguished achievement of becoming New Zealand’s first Master of Wine. Since taking control of this function in 1982, he has set a benchmark that is yet to be surpassed with five unique expressions of chardonnay that are relatively cheap when compared to Burgundian offerings. These wines are true bargains!

Kumeu River Wines

Region

The Auckland wine region lies at the head of the North Island in New Zealand and is one of the country’s most noted wine regions. Known for its Chardonnays, Merlots and Cabernet Sauvignons.  One of the region’s most successful producers are the Brajkovich family who run the Kumeu River Winery and are responsible for the country’s finest Chardonnays. We have a small selection of this boutique producer's wines available and all come highly recommended.

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