Wine Advocate Reviews Issue #216
19 March 15
The Brajkovich family's Kumeu River Chardonnays (a short drive to the north of Auckland) continue to be amongst a handful of the very best, world-class Chardonnays coming out of New Zealand, demonstrating great finesse and terroir expression as well as aging potential.
2012 Kumeu River Hunting Hill Chardonnay
95 points Drink: 2014-2024
Produced from UCD Clone 15 Chardonnay, the 2012 Hunting Hill has an
explosive nose - a citrus bomb - with tons of tropical and stone fruit layers plus
nuances of crushed stones, nuts and baker's yeast. it gives tons of flavor layers
in the medium-bodied mouth, although very tightly knit, with a gorgeous satiny
texture and an incredibly long finish. Simply a stunning wine, this will greatly
reward a further 2-6+ years of cellaring.
2012 Kumeu River Mate's Vineyard Chardonnay
94+ points Drink: 2016-2024
All Mendoza clone fruit. the 2012 Mate's Vineyard offers pretty, floral, orange
blossom and buttered toast notes with some green apple accents and a waft of
nutmeg. Very tight in the mouth, this wine is not quite as concentrated as other
vintages, giving a very restrained and taut character at this early stage with a very
long minerally finish. I've probably been conservative with my score as this one
really needs time a bit more time in bottle.
2012 Kumeu River Coddington Chardonnay
92 points Drink: 2014-2022
Produced from UCD Clone 15 Chardonnay, the 2012 Coddington is a
little closed at this youthful stage with delicate white peach, spiced apple and
almond notes plus a hint of cedar. It offers a great intensity of apple and stone fruit
flavors in the mouth with ginger and while pepper coming through, framed by a
pleasant textural grip and racy acid, finishing long.
2012 Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay
91+ points Drink: 2014-2018
The 2012 Estate Chardonnay offers aromas of honeyed toast and cashews
with a pronounced core of ripe nectarines and grapefruit plus a complimentary citrus
lift. Medium-bodied, the palate provides great concentration with a nice yeasty
character coming through in the long finish.
2012 Kumeu River Village Chardonnay
90 points Drink: 2014-2016
The 2012 Village Chardonnay has notes of apricots, honey, baking bread and a hint of
nutmeg. Laced with citrusy crispness, medium-bodied and with a wonderfully
silken texture, it offers a long minerally
finish. Fantastic value.
2012 Kumeu River Pinot Gris
88 points - Drink: 2014-2016
The 2012 Pinot Gris displays lovely ripe apple and white peach notes with a touch
of fennel seed. Light-bodied, dry and crisp with appealing texture, it finishes long and
- Lisa Perrotti-Brown (January, 2015)
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