Kumeu River Chardonnay 2020
|New Zealand, Auckland, Kumeu
Shows succulent peach, nectarine and apple flavors that are intense and juicy, with a hint of butterscotch and mineral. The finish reveals notes of orange blossom. Drink now through 2030. 7,500 cases made, 672 cases imported.
This is an excellent introduction to the Kumeu range of Chardonnays. It opens with lifted yet delicate aromas of lemon curd, pineapple chunks, seashell and toast. There's length and lift to the creamy palate, and the oak is present but well structured to support rather than dominate. Drink now-2030.
There's a sense of calm to the 2020 Chardonnay Estate, a blend of six different sites. It is mellow, offering a plump cushion of Chardonnay goodness on the midpalate but not becoming heavy nor opulent, its youthful edge and fresh acidity tying it together into a precise finish. It offers classic subtle Chardonnay characters of Golden Delicious apple, white nectarine and a mere whiff of oak-derived smokiness. Well constructed, satisfying and elegant.