Following on from the spectacular Dog Point Chardonnay I reviewed a few days ago, here’s another superb New Zealand Chardonnay. It’s from Chardonnay experts Kumeu River in west Auckland.
Kumeu River Maté’s Vineyard Chardonnay 2008 Kumeu, Auckland, New Zealand
13.5% alcohol. Taut, intense, citrussy nose with toast and herb notes. Very tight-wound with real focus. The palate shows some sweet peachy characters plus intensely savoury citrus, toast and fig notes. Very crisp with high acidity and structured, pithy notes. Real potential for development. 94/100 (£20 The Wine Society, Berry Bros & Rudd)