Kumeu River Hunting Hill Chardonnay 2019 (6x75cl)

A wine with real 'swagger' showcasing just how beautiful the reductive struck match/flint aromas can be. 

Kumeu River Coddington Chardonnay 2019 (6x75cl)

Kumeu River Coddington Chardonnay 2019 (6x75cl)

Kumeu River Mates Vineyard Chardonnay 2019 (6x75cl)

Kumeu River Mates Vineyard Chardonnay 2019 (6x75cl)

€195.00In Bond Price
€240.74Duty paid inc NL VAT
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Product Details :

  • Country : New Zealand
  • Region : Auckland
  • Sub Region : NA
  • Type : Still
  • Year : 2019
  • Number of bottles in pack : 6
  • Bottle Size : 75cl
  • Pack Size : 6x75cl
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What the critics say:

97 Points | The Real Wine Review, Bob Campbell

Taut, mouth-watering chardonnay in a rather Burgundian style, with a nice blend of fruit, oyster-shell, toast, spice and nutty oak flavours. Good weight and concentration. Accessible now but should respond well to a little bottle age.

 

95 Points | Vinous, Rebecca Gibb MW

This wine manages to walk the tightrope of richness and finesse, and it does it with swagger. It's no surprise that this powerful, highly concentrated Chardonnay was fermented in new oak barrels after a hiatus in 2018 – it certainly has the stuffing to take it. Hunting Hill is Kumeu's most reductive Chardonnay but its influence remains subtle, bringing the merest flint note and added tension to the nectarine and lemon peel flavors. Poised and well judged.

 

Kumeu River

“If you can taste history, duty, and family pride in a glass, it’s there in the Kumeu River Chardonnays...now producing some of New Zealand’s greatest Chardonnays, not to mention the world’s.” 

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate

Kumeu River has long been the spearhead for New Zealand Chardonnay. The fairytale starts back in 1937 when The Brajkovich family arrived in New Zealand from their home country of Croatia where they had gained experience both farming and making their own wine for personal consumption. After a few years of working in New Zealand, the family moved to West Auckland, where Mick, Katé, and son Maté worked in local vineyards and orchards. By 1944, they had saved enough money to purchase a Kumeu property with a small vineyard. The family spent many decades perfecting the art of winemaking but it wasn't until the 1980s when they started producing single-variety wines of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc that their reputation started to take off. 

Michael Brajkovich had the vision to produce a Burgundy-influenced style of Chardonnay that featured indigenous yeasts, extended lees ageing, and malo-lactic fermentation. Fast forward to today and Kumeu River has won every accolade under the sun with their wines having gained a strong foothold within the international market and fine wine circles. Their single-vineyard expressions have been globally recognised as a benchmark for non-Burgundy produced Chardonnay.

Kumeu Rivers prices are and have always been incredibly fair. You can essentially drink what is equivalent to Burgundy 1er or Grand Cru quality for around €30 per bottle. Their entry-level Village Chardonnay is one of our favorites for the value picks and we're known to drink it by the buckets upon release. The single-vineyard expressions of Mate's, Hunting Hill, Coddington and Rays Vineyards are all fantastic and we can't recommend them enough.

If you haven't tried the wines of Kumeu River yet, it's a must. 

 

Kumeu River Cru

When Kumeu River set out to make great chardonnay, their initial plan was to make just one great chardonnay that would represent the region. Over time, however, single vineyards began to emerge producing special individual expressions. "First there was Mate's Vineyard, then Hunting Hill & Coddington and now we've expanded into the Hawke's Bay with our Rays Road Chardonnay and we're very excited to develop a new style of Chardonnay from this unique, high altitude, clay over limestone site" declares head winemaker Michael Brajkovich MW. Although all the vineyards share some similar characteristics and a house style, they are very different. 

Maté’s

Arguably Kumeur River's most famous vineyard, the Maté’s Vineyard is where Maté Brajkovich used to hunt rabbits and pheasants and it was named in his honour. Maté was a bit of a legend and an extrovert, he loved talking to people and was very generous. Maté’s is the oldest of the vineyards and used a Mendoza clone with has variable grape sizes (often referred to as hen and chicken in the wine world) and due to this, it is usually picked las as it ripens slowly. The wines Maté’s show impressive density, length and feel in the mouth with an edge of minerality. The density and concentration is really impressive with the core fruit of pear, dried lemon curd and nutty aromas being present.

Hunting Hill

Hunting Hill is a cooler site being on the slopes overlooking Maté’s vineyard. The site was planted in 1982 on predominantly clay soil. The grape clone is known as ‘Clone 15’ here with the same rootstock used in Mate’s. Hunting Hill provides beautifully ripe fruit with a distinctive, mealy minerality which is more linear in style. It has great depth and complexity with aromas of peach and ripe and fleshy apricot.

Coddington

Since 1998, Tim and Angela Coddington have been providing grapes for the Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay. In 2006 Kumeru River decided separate the grapes from the rest and bottle them under the single-vineyard of Coddington. The vineyard produces very a very rich and rounded style of chardonnay that finishes with a racy and delicious acidity. Often seen with the Burgundian struck match aroma which is enticingly mixed in with a touch of exotic fruit like pineapple and Yuzu.

 

Rays Road

Ray’s Vineyard is relatively new to Kumeu River and is located in Hawke’s Bay on limestone at 180m altitude. The wine is whole bunch pressed and fermented with wild yeast in older French Oak barrels to give a wine that is zesty and fragrant, with mineral complexity that is very true to its site. The wine is generous weigh balanced out with great freshness and is a firm favourite and welcomed addition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

"The best stand shoulder-to-shoulder with some of the grandest labels from Burgundy, which is not meant as a poke in the eye, just an observation from experience. Amongst the very best Chardonnay producers in the world is Kumeu River in New Zealand. "

- Neal Martin, Vinous

"New Zealand's most famous Chardonnay producer continues to set a benchmark for the rest of the country to emulate."

- Rebecca Gibb MW, Vinous