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Kumeu River Village Chardonnay 2012


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This wine was fermented in a combination of old French oak barriques (25%) and stainless-steel tanks (75%), so there is very little oak influence on either nose or palate. This has allowed the vibrant fruit to show through beautifully with lively lime and lemon aromas and a flinty, mineral edginess with hints of fig and white peach. The weighty mid-palate also shows peachy ripeness along with crisp acid minerality that gives the wine a refreshing cleansing quality. This wine is delightful as an aperitif, and even better to drink with fish and shellfish.
Category White Wine
Country New Zealand
Region Auckland
Appellation Kumeu
Brand Kumeu River
Alcohol/vol 13%
  • wa90

Wine AdvocateThe 2012 Village Chardonnay has notes of apricots, honey, baking bread and a hint of nutmeg. Laced with citrusy crispness, medium-bodied and with a wonderfully silken texture, it offers a long minerally finish. Fantastic value.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown, January 2015
  • ws88

Wine SpectatorTangy lemon and lime notes are juicy and refreshing, with grapefruit pith, green apple and rosemary flavors on a light body, showing a touch of minerality. Delivers terrific intensity, with a mouthwatering finish. Drink now. 7,500 cases made.

MaryAnn Worobiec, July 31, 2015
  • we87

Wine EnthusiastKumeu River's entry-level Chardonnay is an easy introduction the house style, and perfect for high-end by-the-glass service. While it lacks the richness and toast of its stablemates, it delivers ample apple, pear and citrus flavors, gaining focus and displaying fine length.

Joe Czerwinski, April 1, 2015