2021 Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay

94 Points Richard Caro
In stock
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 legendary Michael Brakjovich MW was blind tasted next to top Meursault and Montrachet by an international panel including Jancis Robinson and was judged number one! Yes, you read correctly. Even this standard estate Chardonnay is judged to be at premium world class level. But here in NZ, we already knew that. A terribly stylish wine for the table or cellar: this sells out!
$38.99 in mixed 6+ or $43.99 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

Winemaker notes on current 2021 vintage

"The 2021 vintage was affected by spring frost in 2020 and subsequently yield was 35% less than usual. The quality however was excellent and has produced another fabulous Estate Chardonnay. Kumeu vineyards that contribute to this wine gave us a blend of Chardonnay that is particularly concentrated with very citrus, preserved lemon aromas and a dense layered palate with lingering complexity. This is a quality Chardonnay wine of style and pedigree that is delicious now but has the capability of aging as well as any of its predecessors."

95/100 James Suckling (2020 vintage)

"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. Drink now. Screw cap."

95/100 Cameron Douglas MS (2019 vintage)

"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+

Variety Chardonnay
Region Auckland & Waiheke Island
Closure Cap
Volume 750ml
Maturity 2022 - 2027

This Wine Goes Well With

with PORK



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