Kumeu River’s Burgundian elegance is remarkable for New World Chardonnays. The Estate Chardonnay was served blind to French winemakers who guessed they were drinking Corton-Charlemagne or Meursault.
The Chardonnays of Kumeu River have gained a strong foothold within the international market, continuously and consistently receiving outstanding accolades. The winery is a globally recognized benchmark for age-worthy Chardonnay outside of Burgundy.
We have been offering the little wine, the Village, and it has been a best seller in our store for about a year now. Today we take it up a notch with the estate which brings more layers, depth and complexity, along with more potential to age.
2020 Estate Chardonnay
Kumeu, Auckland, New Zealand
- Hand-harvested + Whole-bunch pressed
- Indigenous yeast fermentation
- 100% barrel fermentation
- 100% malo-lactic fermentation
- 11 months maturation in barrel, 20% new oak
- Drawn from six different vineyard sites in the Kumeu Region
95 pts Nick Stock
Intense and complex chardonnay with lemons and peaches, as well as pastry and fresh cream. The palate is stacked with ripe-peach flavor and fresher, citrus tones and has complex, layered texture. Classy wine.
The 2020 vintage was exceptional and along with 2019 has produced and Estate Chardonnay the rivals the very finest we have made . The Kumeu vineyards that contribute to this wine gave us some magnificent fruit and we had a wide array of options in putting the Estate Chardonnay blend together. The level of citrus fruit complexity, and the layering of aromas and flavours that this wine shows are stunning. This is a quality Chardonnay wine of style and pedigree that is delicious now but has the capability of aging as well as if not better than any of its predecessors.
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