Kumeu River Masterclass

PWS Melbourne
Tasted Tuesday, September 18, 2012 by G.M. with 213 views

Introduction

Hosted by winemaker Michael Brajkovich. Michael was well spoken and informative. An excellent experience.

Flight 1 (3 Notes)

Flight 2 (4 Notes)

Flight 3 (4 Notes)

  • 2006 Kumeu River Chardonnay Hunting Hill 94 Points

    New Zealand, North Island, Auckland, Kumeu

    Medium gold. Beautiful developing nose. Delicious wine with poise, balance, and some complexity. A rich wine but richness is balanced with good acid and fruit sweetness, still present in the wine. Wonderful, lingering finish. Wine of the night for me.

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  • 2006 Kumeu River Chardonnay Coddington 92 Points

    New Zealand, North Island, Auckland, Kumeu

    Compared to the Hunting Hill which, comparing the 09 and 06, appears to improve considerably with bottle age, the Coddington was probably more enjoyable in it's youth. Still a delicious wine with a smoky richness.

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  • 2004 Kumeu River Chardonnay Estate 90 Points

    New Zealand, North Island, Auckland, Kumeu

    Medium gold. Nose showing full development. Has aged pretty well but something just not quite in full balance. Shows that the Estate can certainly hold its own with age, but based on this tasting my preference would be to drink these about 4-5 yrs post-vintage.

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  • 2004 Kumeu River Chardonnay Maté's Vineyard 93 Points

    New Zealand, North Island, Auckland, Kumeu

    Again medium gold, with developed nose. This has aged nicely and is drinking very well now. A good long rich finish. An excellent wine.

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Closing

All of the KR estate and vineyard chardonnays were of very high quality. As a group they tended to be refined, with balance and style. Although they are given the full treatment of oak, lees aging and MLF, they have enough natural acid and fruit intensity to soak it all up and remain fresh and light-footed.

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