Thursday, January 12, 2012

Kumeu River Mate's Vineyard Chardonnay

The 2007 Kumeu River Mate's Vineyard Chardonnay is a full-bodied wine with quite a big mouthfeel for a Chardonnay. It tastes of peach fruit and floral components, but cashew nut and toasty flavours are also quite prominent. It is a fairly complex wine, but the malolactic fermentation it would have gone through probably dulled the wine somewhat. Possibly drinking it at four years of age has not helped, either. There is good acidity on the finish which lifts the wine, but overall it is a bit overworked for me.

This Mate is typical of the style. I actually prefer the 'regular' bottling to this single vineyard wine. It is fresher and more vibrant.

Score: 91/0

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