Kumeu River Chardonnay Estate 2021

Kumeu River Chardonnay Estate 2021

 

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Kumeu River
Chardonnay Estate 2021
  • Vintage : 2021
  • Country : New Zealand
  • Region : Auckland
  • Subregion
  • Type : White
  • Style : Medium Bodied Aromatic Dry
  • Format : 75cl
  • Alcohol : 13,5°
  • Grappes : 100% Chardonnay

Experts Score Vintage
WE Wine Enthusiast 95 2021
JS James Suckling 94 2021
BC Bob Campbell MW 92 2021
VN Vinous (Antonio Galloni) 90 2021
RP Robert Parker 93 2019
W&S Wines & Spirits 90 2018
WS Wine Spectator 91 2017
More information on wine critics and ratings

Wine Enthusiast (WE) : 95 Points (2021)
One of the best bargains around, from New Zealand’s leading Chardonnay producer, this is restrained, creamy and downright delicious. Vibrant aromas of lemon peel, melon, toast and flint lead to a supple, slinky, elegant palate of tingly citrus acidity and supportive oak. Ultra food-friendly, this could also cellar for eight to ten years. (5/2023)

James Suckling (JS) : 94 Points (2021)
Lemons, white apricots, white grapefruit, slate and sea shells. Elegant and mineral, with a medium body and creamy, textured and layered palate. Classy and fresh. (9/2022)

Bob Campbell MW (BC) : 92 Points (2021)
From selected vineyard sites in Kumeu. Moderately rich, weighty wine with grapefruit, nectarine, oyster shell, and green apple flavours supported by assertive acidity. Would benefit from a little bottle age. (6/2022)

Vinous (Antonio Galloni) (VN) : 90 Points (2021)
The 2021 Chardonnay Estate is an open, flowing white. It has a rich fragrance speaking of its time in the cellar - oak-derived nutty notes and vanilla meet sweet pastry characters often found when wines are left on their lees. The lightly cooked apple fruit in this young wine sits underneath. Gentle acidity leaves a tender rather than taut finish. (RG) (9/2022)

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.

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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