Kumeu River 2020 Estate Chardonnay

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Kumeu River 2020 Estate Chardonnay is available to buy in increments of 1

The Estate Chardonnay is the wine that built the reputation of Kumeu River, long before they were making single vineyard wines. If I had to pick one wine from their range which represents the style more than any other, then this would be it.

The 2020 brings us back to old school style Kumeu River: the 2019s, as good as they were, were highly charged in their aromatics. The 2020s are much darker on the fruit spectrum, bringing us back to the 'Burgundy-but-better' style which we love KR for. This wine reminds me so much of a village Puligny Montrachet, in fact it is almost a facsimile for those made by Paul Pernot, just with a little more richness. Pound for pound, this has to be one of the best white wine bargains anywhere in the Southern Hemisphere.

"Lightly but not excessively reductive on the nose. Already quite expansive on the nose with beautiful impact on the palate: citrus, blossom and really neat acidity without much astringency. Elegant and racy – almost lightweight on the mid palate and then it is impressively persistent. A thorough delight already. VGV." Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobinson.com

Grape Varieties

Drink 2022 - 2029+



Size / ABV

Standard Bottle 75cl / 13.5%

The Producer


Kumeu River

Kumeu River is Noble Grape's favourite producer of Chardonnay from New Zealand, and quite possibly, I would even go as far to say, in the Southern Hemisphere. The winemaker Michael Brajkovich was New Zealand’s first Master of Wine, and one of the country’s leading viticulturists. Kumeu River is located very close to Auckland and makes Chardonnay their speciality. These wines pay homage to Burgundy and it is fair to say that they are almost indistinguishable from their French counterparts, except for their own unique freshness and brightness.

The Country

New Zealand

New Zealand

Brits have fallen in love with the wines of New Zealand. The affair probably has much to do with the colonial heritage, but it also has a great deal to do with the excellent, benchmark wines that are produced here. The story must begin with Sauvignon Blanc, but certainly doesn’t end there. Since the 1970s the region of Marlborough has become the go-to area, perhaps in the world, for bright, crystalline ‘Savs’ which gave the French something to think about. But now, it is becoming as equally famous for its Pinots, which are now beyond just being less expensive alternatives to Burgundy, instead showing regional characteristics, from the dark cherry and spice of Central Otago to the brawn and dried herbs of Martinborough.

A special mention goes to the Chardonnays of Kumeu River of Auckland, as these are some of the most remarkable wines from this variety in the Southern Hemisphere.

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