Kumeu River, Chardonnay Village, 2017

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Kumeu is widely recognized as the top producer of Chardonnay in New Zealand, having convinced the world that the country can do far more than just Sauvignon Blanc. The village wine is an excellent introduction: clear, fruity, and elegantly balanced.

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Robert Parker

RP 89
"Incorporating approximately 20% Hawke's Bay fruit from a recently acquired vineyard, the 2017 Village Chardonnay is one of the strongest I can recall, despite a challenging vintage. Mainly fermented and aged in older barrels, it's medium-bodied and plump in the mouth, with notes of peach and pineapple. Creamy, soft and custardy in texture, it picks up a crisp, citrusy edge on the finish." -Joe Czerwinski

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Josh Cohen
Kumeu Village shows there's more to New Zealand than Sauvignon Blanc

New Zealand is famous for its incredibly fresh and fruity SB, but this bottle shows that you can make good Chardonnay too. It's aromatic, with floral notes that give it some complexity. The palate has ripping acidity but also a sense of ripeness and fullness. Moderately long finish. If you're looking for a New World Chard at a good price that's a little more Macon than Cali, this is your wine.