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Outstanding Reviews from The Wine Advocate #197

08 November 11

Kumeu River Chardonnays shine in NZ report by Lisa Perrotti Brown MW

The latest issue of Robert Parkers Wine Advocate, #197, includes an extensive report on New Zealand wine by Lisa Perrotti Brown MW. Each issue of this publication is eagerly awaited by wine lovers all over the world and we are delighted that the wines from Kumeu River have received such high praise. Two of our Chardonnays: Mate's Vineyard and Hunting Hill were the highest scoring white wines in Lisa’s report and in the top 5 wines out of 892 wines tasted overall. Below are the reviews of the Kumeu River wines that Lisa tasted. The full report is available to subscribers on

2009 Kumeu River Mate’s Vineyard Chardonnay 94+ points

The 2009 Mate’s Vineyard Chardonnay has a beautifully expressive and complex nose already, with notes of ripe apples, white peaches, butterscotch and pineapple over savory undertones of croissant, crushed nuts and yeast extract plus a whiff of struck match and wet pebbles. Medium bodied with a beautiful satiny quality to the texture, the fruit remains a bit tight though very concentrated with crisp acid to enliven and a long layered finish. Consider drinking it 2013 to 2019+.

2009 Kumeu River Hunting Hill Chardonnay 94 points

The 2009 Hunting Hill Chardonnay is a little youthfully mute, giving delicate lime zest, chalk dust and pink grapefruit aromas over toasted almonds, meal and buttered scones. The palate has an elegant medium body yet packs in wonderfully concentrated toast, meal and citrus flavors with racy acidity, a satiny texture and a very long finish. I love it now, though it will benefit from another 6-12 months in bottle, drinking best 2013 to 2019+.

2009 Kumeu River Coddington Chardonnay 92+ points

The 2009 Coddington Chardonnay displays expressive notes of pineapple, pink guava, peach kernels and warmed pear slices with hints of cashews, marmite on toast and oyster shells. Medium bodied and with a pleasant touch of viscosity, it gives great concentration, lively acidity and a long savory finish. Approachable now, it should drink to 2017+.

2009 Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay 91 points

The 2009 Estate Chardonnay gives intense notes of ripe apricots, guava, green mango and honey coated nuts with nuances of lightly browned toast and white blossoms. Medium bodied with a silken texture, it gives great concentration, crisp acidity and a long toasty finish. Drinking now, it should cellar to 2016+.

2009 Kumeu River Village Chardonnay 88 points

The 2009 Village Chardonnay gives delicate aromas of fresh peaches, baking bread and orange blossom with a hint of crushed stones. Medium bodied with a good amount of ripe apple and yeasty flavors, it has refreshing acidity, a gentle creaminess to the texture and a long finish. Drink it now through 2014.

2010 Kumeu River Pinot Gris 88 points

Kumeu River’s 2010 Pinot Gris gives delicate peach and pear aromas with hints of apple blossom and baking bread. A dry, medium bodied style in the mouth, it has a pleasant satiny texture and a long apple tart laced finish. Drink it now to 2014.

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