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#76 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2011
The 2008 vintage came at the end of a wonderful summer and produced peachy and luscious Chardonnays. The Estate Chardonnay from this vintage displays the "golden queen" peach and honey characters combined with the hint of hazelnut typical of this wine. The rich silky texture and length of flavour are distinct characteristics that we expect to see from the Estate Chardonnay. This is a wine that is undoubtedly delicious to drink now because of the ripeness of the vintage but experience with vintages such as this also indicates that the wine will benefit from bottle age of 2 to 5 years.
"A wonderful balance between crisp, steely notes of citrus, pear and green apple and complex flavor nuances on a smooth texture, with floral, lime peel and tobacco details. The finish just goes on and on. Drink now through 2016. 2,000 cases imported."
"The 2008 Estate Chardonnay is barrel fermented using natural yeasts and about 20% new French oak.100% goes through malo-lactic. It has pronounced passion fruit, ripe white peach, green mango and toast aromas with some cashew and oatmeal and a whiff of lemon curd. Very crisp, tight and medium bodied, the toast and exotic fruit flavors are concentrated, encased in a creamy texture and leading to a very long finish. This wine is still a little tight and will benefit from 6-12 months in bottle, drinking until 2016+."
The Wine Advocate
"A blend of several vineyard parcels, Kumeu River’s Estate bottling is the best value in the winery’s impressive lineup of 2008 Chardonnays. It shows all of the toasty, leesy notes of the single-vineyard wines, medium body and a bright core of zesty pineapple fruit. Drink now–2014.Rating: Editors' Choice"
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