2011 Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay, Kumeu, Auckland

2011 Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay, Kumeu, Auckland

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2011 Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay, Kumeu, Auckland

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Promising nose developing with citrus, white flowers, stones and the hallmarks of its 11 month maturation in oak. It’s considerable weight and rounded texture are balanced by acidity and phenolic grip also doing a wonderful job of carrying the alcohol and fruit intensity into a long, clean, escalating finish. Hand harvested from parcels of estate fruit, it is whole bunch pressed and fermented with indigenous yeasts 100% in oak. Richard Veal, New Zealand Wine Specialist
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The Wine Advocate91/100
Jancis Robinson MW
Robert Parker91/100
The Wine Advocate91/100
The 2011 Estate Chardonnay is scented of white peaches and golden delicious apples with underlying hints of orange peel, lime blossoms and fresh cream. Medium-bodied with great tension in the mouth lending support to the stone fruit and yeast-laced layers, it finishes with very good length.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown - eRobertParker.com #209 - Oct 2013 

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Jancis Robinson MW
Master of Wine Michael Brajkovich produces some of the most refined Chardonnays grown outside Europe. Pale gold. Crunchy, mealy nose with masses of refreshing pure green fruit on the palate. Racy and still very youthful. 
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Robert Parker91/100
The 2011 Estate Chardonnay is scented of white peaches and golden delicious apples with underlying hints of orange peel, lime blossoms and fresh cream. Medium-bodied with great tension in the mouth lending support to the stone fruit and yeast-laced layers, it finishes with very good length.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown - eRobertParker.com #209 - Oct 2013 

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About this WINE

Chardonnay

Chardonnay

Chardonnay is the "Big Daddy" of white wine grapes and one of the most widely planted in the world. It is suited to a wide variety of soils, though it excels in soils with a high limestone content as found in Champagne, Chablis, and the Côte D`Or.

Burgundy is Chardonnay's spiritual home and the best White Burgundies are dry, rich, honeyed wines with marvellous poise, elegance and balance. They are unquestionably the finest dry white wines in the world. Chardonnay plays a crucial role in the Champagne blend, providing structure and finesse, and is the sole grape in Blanc de Blancs.

It is quantitatively important in California and Australia, is widely planted in Chile and South Africa, and is the second most widely planted grape in New Zealand. In warm climates Chardonnay has a tendency to develop very high sugar levels during the final stages of ripening and this can occur at the expense of acidity. Late picking is a common problem and can result in blowsy and flabby wines that lack structure and definition.

Recently in the New World, we have seen a move towards more elegant, better- balanced and less oak-driven Chardonnays, and this is to be welcomed.

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