Kumeu River Chardonnay 2005

Chardonnay from New Zealand

Price: $36.99
Item No. 94601
  • WE90
Style: Fruity & Smooth

Wine Style Guide

Light & Crisp

Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.

Fruity & Smooth

Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.

Rich & Creamy

Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.

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Winemaker's Notes

Kumeu River Chardonnay is drawn from six different vineyard sites. The winery carefully selects only the very best grapes from these vineyards for the Kumeu River label.

Yields in 2005 were down as a result of a spring frost in September 2004. The early part of the summer was cool, but the remainder of the summer was perfect, and the grapes achieved a lovely ripeness.

The wine is very tight and concentrated with hints of peach and a typical mealiness that is seen in Kumeu River Chardonnay. It is powerful, with a silky texture and great length of flavor.

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Learn About Kumeu River Map ItMap It

Founded in 1949 by Mick Brajkovich, wife Katé and son Maté, Kumeu River was one of the early pioneers in Auckland, New Zealand, that helped to establish its reputation as a world-class wine region. Still family owned and run, Kumeu River continues to pioneer new frontiers: winemaker Michael Brajkovich became New Zealand's first member of the prestigious Institute of Masters of Wine, London, and has been testing and championing screw cap closures for close to 20 years.

Learn About Other New Zealand

A few other New Zealand areas include the region of Auckland, high up on the North Island, Nelson, sitting to the west of Marlborough, and Canterbury, just under Waipara on the South Island. Most wines in New Zealand will come from a designated area and say so on the label. Notable Facts Auckland was one of the first wine growing regions of the country, but now produces...

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Learn About Chardonnay

Chardonnay (shar-dawn-AY) White Wine's Queen Bee Like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different soils and different climates. While frequently paired with California, its native home lies in the vineyards of Burgundy, France. The only major white grape of the region, Chardonnay is at its best on the rolling...

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#41 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2009Kumeu River Chardonnay is drawn from six different vineyard sites in the Kumeu Region. ...
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