Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay, Kumeu, New Zealand, 2009 (library)
Overview of the Wine
Founded in 1944 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.
From the pioneering days to the establishment of the New Zealand wine industry to today, the Brajkovich family have been internationally recognised as producing world class wine.
The Brajkovichs are focused on and internationally recognised as producing world class Chardonnay.
Kumeu River carefully selected the ripest parcels of Chardonnay from six vineyard sites to go into the 2009 Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay.
Grape / Blend
91 - Wine Spectator
Rich and deep, this features toasted hazelnut, fig and citrus flavors that have a smooth texture and vibrant acidity. The aromatics are the star here, with honeysuckle, lemon zest and green apple notes that leap out of the glass and push through on the finish.
90 - Wine & Spirits
From the Brajkovich family estate outside of Auckland, this wine has the sweet perfume of fresh cream from grass-fed cows. It’s soft, with a peppery edge and the savor of corn silk. Then it ends with enough tension to match a salmon souffle.
90 - James Suckling
A gorgeous wine with apple pie, cream, and mineral undertones. Some melon. Full and balanced with attractive oak character such as cream. Made from grapes from six different vineyards.
90 - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Pencil shavings and toasted hazelnuts accent bright lime notes in the 2009 Estate Chardonnay. Relatively crisp and lean on the palate, this medium-bodied wine will likely live another five-plus years, but will it ever provide the pleasure of some other years?