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2009 Single Vineyard Chardonnays Released

21 September 11

The fragrant and delicious Chardonnays from 2009 are now available

September sees the release of our single vineyard Chardonnays from the 2009 vintage and we are thrilled with their quality.

Following the very ripe and luscious vintage of 2008, the 2009 vintage in Kumeu produced wines that are a little more restrained, but still with good concentration and racy acidity on the finish. The Chardonnays are beautifully fragrant and elegant and quite similar to those from the 2004 vintage.

In their youth the 2004 wines were quite tight and retrained and have now blossomed into delicious silky wines with great length.

The terroir differences between the various Chardonnay cuvées this year seem even more pronounced than ever, with the typical vineyard characters of Estate, Coddington, Hunting Hill and Mate’s Vineyard really shining through.

This vintage seems to be particularly favorable to Hunting Hill with its subtle floral aromas and very precise mineral texture.

The 2009 Coddington Chardonnay does not have the voluptuous richness of the 2008 wine but still shows the distinctly peachy aromas and lovely mealy undertones that we consistently expect from this vineyard.

The 2009 Estate Chardonnay is very reminiscent of the 2004 with its close to perfect balance on the palate and length of rich fruity flavour. It will certainly be a long-lived wine for the cellar.

Every year we seem to say the Mate’s Vineyard Chardonnay is the best yet, and the 2009 wine is no exception. It truly is magnificent in its depth and complexity, and will perhaps only be superseded by the release of the 2010 wine next year!

Over that’s past couple of weeks we have held some tastings of these wines and older Kumeu River Chardonnays with the press and members of the trade. We served them along side some very smart white burgundies from Vincent Dauvissat, Coche Dury and Domaine Leflaive. We are pleased to report that the Kumeu River wines more than held their own among some very salubrious company and indicated that our wines are achieving the balance, texture and sheer drinking delight that we strive for.

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