Kumeu River Chardonnay Estate 2019

Kumeu River Chardonnay Estate 2019

 

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Kumeu River
Chardonnay Estate 2019
  • Vintage : 2019
  • Country : New Zealand
  • Region : Auckland
  • Subregion
  • Type : White
  • Style Medium Bodied Aromatic Dry
  • Format : 75cl
  • Alcohol : 13,5°
  • Grappes : 100% Chardonnay

Experts Score Vintage
JS James Suckling 94 2019
RP Robert Parker 93 2019
WE Wine Enthusiast 93 2018
W&S Wines & Spirits 90 2018
WS Wine Spectator 91 2017
More information on wine critics and ratings

James Suckling (JS) : 94 Points (2019)
This vintage punches well above its weight division with such complex and expertly curated style. Peach, nectarine, lemon and grapefruit aromas with flinty and pithy allure. The palate has a core of intense peach and citrus flavors with driving mineral and stony undertow to the long, fresh finish. Stunning value here. Drink or hold.

Robert Parker (RP) : 93 Points (2019)
Boasting signature scents of toasted hazelnuts and white peaches, the 2019 Estate Chardonnay is a classic example of the house style. Medium to full-bodied, it somehow manages to be creamy and zesty at the same time, with rich fruit enlivened by electric acidity and bright citrus notes. Always enjoyable young, this vintage looks to have at least a decade's worth of longevity.

Wine Enthusiast (WE) : 93 Points (2018)
Within Kumeu’s wide range of Chardonnays (after all, this far northern winery has carved its reputation on the variety), its estate wine is the one to go for if drinking young, although it will continue to blossom over the next five to seven years. Exceptionally food-friendly, it offers all the length and class of the upper-tier wines, but with more upfront appeal in the form of bright citrus and pear fruit, white spice and honey. Like with its brethren, the palate stars in the show with texture and acidity striking a graceful balancing act, and with oak taking a back seat.

Wines & Spirits (W&S) : 90 Points (2018)
Michael Brajkovich, MW, blends this wine from six estate vineyards in Kumeu, holding to a consistently savory, structured style of chardonnay. Its flavors of nectarine, white peach and pithy lemon gained a broad and creamy texture from oak aging, while the fruit is saturated enough to remain the focus. A clean New World chardonnay with Old World elegance.

Wine Spectator (WS) : 91 Points (2017)
Mouthwatering lime, pear and green apple flavors are appealing for their focus and intensity. Mandarin orange notes and a dash of mango increase the fruit focus on the finish.

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Kumeu River Chardonnay Estate 2019 Reviewed by James Suckling 15-02-2021 . Score: 4