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Kumeu River Vineyard

Kumeu River Vineyard
2017 Estate, Chardonnay, Kumeu

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish Turkey

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: New Zealand
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: <1%
94 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$35
Cellar Selection

Kumeu River Vineyard
2017 Estate, Chardonnay, Kumeu

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish Turkey

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: New Zealand
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: <1%
Golden straw color. Aromas of pineapple, roasted peach, vanilla gelato, freshly grated nutmeg, and suede with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, complex, long lemon chiffon and artisan toffee finish with well-integrated, soft, fruit tannins and light oak flavor. An elegant, creamy Chardonnay with seamless complexity and style.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively, Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Oaky
Aroma Aroma: pineapple, roasted peach, vanilla gelato, freshly grated nutmeg, and suede
Taste Flavor: lemon chiffon and artisan toffee
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: In 3-6 years with food and on its own
Recipes Pairing: Turkey, Roasted Chicken, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: An elegant, creamy Chardonnay with seamless complexity and style.

The Producer or Importer or Marketer

Wilson Daniels LLC

The Producer or  Importer or  Marketer
19 West 24th Street
New York, NY 10010
USA
1 707-963-9661

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Chardonnay

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Serve in a White Wine Glass
Chardonnay is arguably the world’s most famous white variety, thanks to its success in France’s Burgundy region as well as throughout much of California. Chardonnay on its own has rather straightforward, pleasant aromas of apple and pear, but when aged (and sometimes fermented) in small oak barrels, the wines take on extra richness as well as notes of toasted almond, vanilla and yeast.

The most renowned examples of Chardonnay are from small villages and vineyards in Burgundy, such as Chassagne-Montrachet, Puligny-Montrachet and Meursault. These wines are very powerful with ample spicy notes and very good acidity; they age very well, sometimes as long as 20-25 years. Another part of Burgundy, Chablis, is home to more restrained style of Chardonnay. Certain areas of California, especially Russian River Valley in Sonoma and Santa Barbara County are also home to many distinguished examples of Chardonnay, with those from the latter region often displaying tropical fruit flavors.

Given that most Chardonnnays are aged in small oak barrels, there has been a movement as of late to give consumers a mored delicate style of Chardonnay, without all the spicy and toasty flavors. Thus there are now many producers that produce non-oak aged Chardonnays; this has been seen from many producers from Australia as well as a few in California as well.

Chardonnay, especially oak-aged versions, are quite rich and need seafood of equal richness at the dinner table. Thus lobster, halibut and swordfish are ideal food pairings.