2019 Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay

2019 Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay

95 Points Cameron Douglas MS
2019 Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay
95 Points Cameron Douglas MS

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Superb: weighty stone fruit and citrus fruits in a fine, fresh and seamless style. Every producer compares their Chardonnay to Burgundy but the 2012 of this local classic, by the family's second-generation legend Michael Brakjovich MW, was blind tasted next to top Meursault and Montrachet by an international panel including Jancis Robinson and was judged...first! Yes, you read correctly: even this standard estate Chardonnay is literally world class. But here in New Zealand we already knew that. A terribly complete and stylish wine, for the table or cellar.

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$32.99 in mixed 6+ or $36.99 per bottle




Its Origins

In 1938 Maté Brajkovich arrived in New Zealand with his parents, who settled in Kumeu and in 1944 bought a small vineyard which would later become Kumeu River wines. For a few decades Maté mostly made simple fortified and sparkling wines. It wasn't until 1982 however, when Matés son Michael took over, that the wines would really start to turn heads. Michael and his siblings began to transform the vineyard and vinification practices to more considered, traditional ways, with hand harvesting, improved drainage, judicious use of oak and only using the wild yeast present in the vineyard to bring a sharper definition of terroir into the wines. Matés vineyard is the original land bought in 1944, re-planted by Maté just before his death with low-yielding Mendoza clone Chardonnay in 1990.

What The Critics Say

95/100 Cameron Douglas MS

"Just a touch closed in the first minute then the wine begins to unfurl with dramatic aromas of citrus and cashew, white peach and mineral, honeysuckle and baking spices. The bouquet is soft, fresh, varietal and captivating. On the palate - nothing short of amazing - with a precise and intentional texture of vibrant if not quivering layers of acidity and fruit, spice and oak. Fantastic wine with the perfect measure of oak, a light citrus tang and lengthy finish." Drink 2020 - 2025+

94/100 Bob Campbell MW (2018 vintage)

"Attractive, aromatic chardonnay with stone fruit, citrus and spicy oak flavours. Attractive wine with subtle fruit sweetness and a lingering finish. A stylish wine that achieves remarkable consistency."

Stats & Food Matching

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    Auckland & Waiheke Island

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  • Maturity

    2020 - 2025+

This Wine Goes Well With

with PORK



Delivery & Returns

We deliver throughout New Zealand and to some locations overseas. Our deliveries are made by trusted third party carriers. For further details on prices and delivery options please go to DELIVERY INFORMATION section of our site.

If for any reason you are not entirely happy with your order or you suspect that they may be affected by a quality issue, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will remedy the problem straight away. Contact us on 0800 422 767.


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