Kumeu River- Tasting at Kumeu River

2009 Kumeu River Village Chardonnay

Earthy and perfumed with a gentle yet complex set of aromatics that are slightly herbal with some tea notes. Smooth, refined and bright on the palate, with a touch of lemon rind accenting the core of apple and pear fruit. There’s a nice mineral note on back end, leading to a refreshing, moderately long finish that shows a bit of orange pith with mineral accents. 88pts

2009 Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay

More oak-driven aromas of smoke and toasted nuts accent the core of dried fruit. Rich and a bit creamy up front with bright acids supporting a steely base. This is bright and clean with good depth and intensity, but remains elegant and medium-bodied in the mouth with lovely length. The finish is slightly oak-driven but zesty and pure, with nice inner mouth perfumes of apple skins and acacia on the finale. 90pts

2009 Kumeu River Coddington Chardonnay

Very low yielding, hen and chick high, 3 tons/acre, real richness, used to go in estate blend.

Aloe, quartzy soil, apple blossom and a hint of honey come together on the nose. This is fairly rich on entry, though bright acids kick in quickly to really firm this up on the mid-palate, delivering ripe apple and pear fruit. While remaining bright, this does have a fine nutty, hazelnut brittle edge to it that adds a slight nougat/honey note on the finish. The finish really shows great focus, it is a touch low though with good length and a firm feel, delivering a slight hay edge on the finale. 91pts

2009 Kumeu River Hunting Hill

Tight on the nose and reticent at first, with a touch of lip balm and some early berried fruit. On entry, this shows huge intensity as it rolls out across the palate with richness and depth, but it remains transparent. There is lovely intensity of pollen, apricot, apple and gentle wood tones, then lemon curd on the mid-palate. Huge length on the finish which shows of mineral, spice and orchard fruit flavors, with a huge mineral finale. Awesome wine. 95pts

2009 Mate's Vineyard

Aromatic and slightly spicy on the nose with a touch of honied character, candy corn and preserved lime fruit. Very round and supple in the mouth though with bright acids supporting a very fine mineral, toffee almond, dried citrus core of fruit, with just a touch of pineapple. Turns a bit more toffeed and nutty on the finish which also shows vibrant acids and mineral cut. Nice finale of pithy, almost grapefruit character. There's something innately Burgundian about this wine. Very clear finish with a bit of spice on finale. 93pts

2004 Mate's Vineyard

Quite pineapple and fleshy tropical-fruited on the nose with almond accents. This is opulent in the mouth, rich and slightly viscous, but with vibrant acids. A fine contrasting bitterness enlivens the apple peel notes on the lush mid-palate. This really explodes on the finish. Clear with tremendous height and clarity to the fruit then feathering out on a lean, precise, mineral and citrus pith finish. 93pts