91 pts James Suckling August 2021
As always, this has a selection of riper fruit, in the more tropical spectrum of melon and peach. It retains purity well. The palate holds such impressive concentration and hits the mark of freshness. A very strong release, representing real value. Drink now. Screw cap.
91 pts Bob Campbell MW July 2021
An entry-level chardonnay from a top vintage and top producer. Fresh, tangy, bone-dry wine with a silken texture and citrus, toast and subtle oyster-shell and mineral flavours. An affordable wine with character and finesse.
87 pts Vinous November 2020
The 2020 Chardonnay Kumeu Village is the “entry” to New Zealand’s most famous Chardonnay producer’s range. It is clean and precise and focuses on pure fruit, offering flavors of nectarine, red grapefruit and white flowers. While some of the wine has been fermented in French oak, there is very little evidence of oak in terms of aroma and flavor, although the zesty style has had its corners rounded by barrel influence. A bright, crisp Chardonnay for enjoying in youth.
16.5/20 Jancis Robinson MW June 2021
Screwcapped bottle. Blend of hand-picked grapes from Kumeu and the Brajkovich family’s new Rays Road vineyard in Hawke’s Bay. Spontaneous fermentation after whole-bunch pressing. Aged on the lees. Surprisingly rich nose. Fine, appetising, crisp palate with just a little chewiness still evident at this point. There’s a suggestion of sweet grapefruit juice. Really clean, fresh and long. Very Good Value.
The Village Chardonnay vineyards which deliver slightly higher yields and simpler flavours all came on in a rush. They were still able to retain crisp earthy minerality from Kumeu, and some delightful stonefruit aromas from Hawkes Bay, to create a blend which must surely be our best Village Chardonnay ever. Michael Brajkovich MW, Winemaker
This is a wine where we always have a bottle in the fridge. The perfect aperitif Chardonnay this wine also goes very well with all types of seafood. Fermented 42% in old French oak barriques, and 58% in stainless steel tanks there is very little oak influence on either nose or palate. This has allowed the vibrant fruit to show through beautifully with lively lime and lemon aromas and a flinty, mineral edginess with hints of fig and white peach.