The 2008 vintage ended up being an exceptional vintage for Chardonnay and the quality of fruit we received from our various vineyard sites in Kumeu made it difficult to separate the Kumeu River Estate quality from the Village quality. The standard from this vintage is so high that there are parcels in the Village wine which in other years would have been good enough for the
Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay.
This wine was fermented 1/3 French oak barriques, and 2/3 in stainless steel tanks to allow emphasis on the ripe peach and melon aromas of the Chardonnay fruit. We always think that this is a wine to drink while you wait for the Kumeu River Chardonnay to get more bottle age.
This yearâ€™s Village Chardonnay features very attractive lifted fruit aromas, along with a touch of nuttiness: the hint of hazelnut that is so typical of Chardonnay. The palate also shows a nice peachy ripeness along with a crisp flinty character that gives the wine a refreshing cleansing quality. This wine is perfect to drink with fish and shellfish.
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