Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay

Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay

Product Code: KU002
In Stock
Price: ¥432
Region West Auckland
Vintage 2012
Grape Variety Chardonnay
Media Score Robert Parker-91 Bob Campbell-90

Tasting Note

The 2009 Estate Chardonnay gives intense notes of ripe apricots, guava, green mango and honey coated nuts with nuances of lightly browned toast and white blossoms. Medium bodied with a silken texture, it gives great concentration, crisp acidity and a long toasty finish. Drinking now, it should cellar to 2016+.

Winery Info

  • Robert Parker: "Kumeu River and (winemaker) Michael Brajkovich MW have both become synonymous with New Zealand’s finest Chardonnay. For over two decades they have fashioned Burgundy-inspired wines with their Mate’s Vineyard Chardonnay winning accolades far and wide."


  • Steven Spurrier, Decanter Magazine: “Mike Brajkovich MW produces a single vineyard wine from his estate outside Auckland that is in my view New Zealand’s finest Chardonnay. Floral tones over superb oak and beautifully structured fruit, this is a great wine in the Burgundian tradition for keeping at least five years.”


  • Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator Magazine: “Few Chardonnays in the world so consistently hit the mark for quality and style as New Zealand’s luxurious standard bearer”.


  • Michael Cooper, Classic Wines of New Zealand: “It would be hard to exaggerate the importance of this famous wine. Kumeu River Chardonnay played a vital role in the renaissance of winemaking in the Auckland region. Kumeu River is one of New Zealand’s great Chardonnays, with a rock solid, prestigious reputation. A distinctive wine with notable power and concentration, it is typically lush, harmonious, and creamy smooth – a sheer delight to drink”.


Kumeu River Wines has just 30 hectares of vineyards, which are predominantly clay soils overlying a sandstone base. These soil types retain sufficient water at depth, even during the summer months, to ensure the deep vine roots continue to hydrate the vine without excessive vigour. Therefore, the vineyard doesn’t require irrigation, a factor that is critical to the quality of Kumeu River’s grapes.

Despite being situated well north of New Zealand’s other viticultural regions, Kumeu’s climate is kept cool thanks to its close proximity to the Tasman Sea, just 20km to the west and the Pacific Ocean 30km to the east. These two large bodies of water generate clouds, which help to moderate the climate, keeping peak summer temperatures below 30°C. These temperatures contribute to the conditions that enhance the fantastic aromas and flavours from early ripening varieties such as Chardonnay.

One of the distinguishing factors of Kumeu River’s wines is all of the grapes are harvested by hand. This allows the opportunity to remove sub-standard grapes by hand; the result is a net yield of purely high-quality grapes.