strickt01

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  • 2008 Kumeu River Chardonnay Hunting Hill

    Not Kumeu's best showing. Reasonably expressive and impressive nose but the acidity that provides great excitement upon its first introduction to one's palate is inadequately matched by the fruit. Some florality makes an appearance with air but overall it feels slightly thin when judged by the highest standards.

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  • 2007 Kumeu River Chardonnay Maté's Vineyard

    Stunning wine. The key here is impeccable balance. Being the most powerful of Kumeu's chardonnays the oak is noticeable on nose and palate but performs the tasks that the wood should: supporting the fruit while adding complexity and textural refinement. Such an intense wine could risk being rather brash but it carries its flavours in such an effortless fashion that I sit here finding it impossible not to describe a full bodied chardonnay as "moreish". At eight years old it is still in perfect condition, its refreshing acidity and richness of fruit in total harmony. Much has been written of late about Kumeu's favourable performance in blind tastings with white burgundies. There is no need to close one's eyes: this is better than anything I have tasted from the Cote de Beaune for some time.

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  • 2007 Clusel-Roch Côte-Rôtie

    Very restrained on the nose to begin with, and never really blossomed. Sadly the same was true for the palate which only hinted at some spice-laden flavours. I could generously describe this as elegant but it would more accurately be described as unfulfilling.

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