The Mighty 2016 Vintage From Kumeu River

There are many producers that are worth following each vintage, such is their quality. That group narrows somewhat when the value-for-money element is added, such is the nature of the fine wine market today. New Zealand's Kumeu River is absolutely at the top of its game and has been for some time. Not only are these wines exceptional quality, regularly beating more expensive Burgundies in blind tastings, but they remain some of the best value wines that money can buy.

The top four wines in Kumeu's range did extremely well in the latest edition of the Wine Advocate, as we had expected. Joe Czerwinski, the new reviewer for New Zealand, followed on from where previous reviewers left off in giving these wines very high scores considering their very modest price points. Hunting Hill was the highest scoring dry white wine in the article with Mate's Vineyard, Coddington and Estate Chardonnays not far behind.

These are magnificent wines year in, year out and each wine has something different to offer. The two undoubted stars in 2016 are the single vineyard Hunting Hill and Mate's Vineyard - both are hugely complex yet retain freshness and a mineral backbone. The Estate Chardonnay continues to offer great value whilst Coddington remains the bridge between the entry-level Estate and the single vineyard wines. These are a tour-de-force of wine-making and a great exemplar of what New Zealand can achieve with the Chardonnay grape.

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2016 Hunting Hill Chardonnay, Kumeu River

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New Zealand2016Hunting Hill Chardonnay, Kumeu RiverHV20250.00cs95 JCAdd to Basket
New Zealand2016Hunting Hill Chardonnay, Kumeu RiverBT500240.00cs95 JCAdd to Basket
New Zealand2016Hunting Hill Chardonnay, Kumeu RiverMG50250.00cs95 JCAdd to Basket
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“The voluminous yet weightless 2016 Hunting Hill Chardonnay continues this bottling's successful run of vintages. Hints of roasted cashew accent tropical fruit, but thanks to a zesty line of citrusy acids, the wine powers forward without ever seeming overly broad or heavy. It simply coats the mouth with a stunning array of complex flavors, lingering gently on the finish. 2018-2027"

95 points, Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate


2016 Mate's Vineyard Chardonnay, Kumeu River

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New Zealand2016Maté's Vineyard Chardonnay, Kumeu RiverHV10285.00cs96 NSAdd to Basket
New Zealand2016Maté's Vineyard Chardonnay, Kumeu RiverBT486275.00cs96 NSAdd to Basket
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The 2016 Mate's Vineyard Chardonnay is marked by smoky new oak, but there's also pineapple and grapefruit notes that create a crisp, acidic spine. Draped off of that are hints of white peaches, roasted hazelnuts and tangerine. There's an almost briny zestiness to the lingering finish that sets it apart from the winery's other single-vineyard bottlings. 2018-2028

94 points, Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate


2016 Coddington Chardonnay, Kumeu River

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New Zealand2016Coddington Chardonnay, Kumeu RiverBT130190.00cs16.5 FVAdd to Basket
New Zealand2016Coddington Chardonnay, Kumeu RiverMG40200.00cs16.5 FVAdd to Basket
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The ripe, creamy-textured 2016 Coddington Chardonnay also boasts a crisp, tight line of pineapple and citrus that pulls the wine together and gives it depth and shape on the palate. Toasted grain and white peach notes provide much of the flesh, but there's also a silky, custardy feel on the palate, extending through the lengthy finish. 2018-2026

93 points, Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate


2016 Estate Chardonnay, Kumeu River

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New Zealand2016Chardonnay Estate, Kumeu RiverHV20150.00cs16+ FVAdd to Basket
New Zealand2016Chardonnay Estate, Kumeu RiverBT385140.00cs16+ FVAdd to Basket
New Zealand2016Chardonnay Estate, Kumeu RiverMG90150.00cs16+ FVAdd to Basket
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Still a Kiwi classic, Kumeu River's 2016 Estate Chardonnay features toasted grain aromas, ripe peach and nectarine flavors and a long, citrus-inflected finish. It's medium-bodied, with a plump, silky texture and up to a decade of aging potential. 2018 - 2025

91 points, Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate


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