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2008 Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay in Wine Spectator Top 100

08 December 11

This is the 7th occasion Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay has made the Top 100

We are very pleased to announce that the 2008 Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay has been named in Wine Spectator Top 100 wines in 2011.

This years list was selected from more than 16,000 new releases rated in Wine Spectator independent blind tastings. The list is based on four criteria: quality (represented by score); value (reflected by release price); availability (measured by cases made or imported); and what Wine Spectator call the “X-factor”–the excitement generated by a rising-star producer, a benchmark wine or a significant milestone for a wine region. But no equation determines the final selections: These choices reflect the editors’ judgment and passion about the wines tasted.

Every year since 1988, Wine Spectator has compiled a list of the most exciting wines reviewed over the past 12 months. These 100 wines reflect significant trends, recognize outstanding producers and spotlight successful regions and vintages around the world. Kumeu River has been part of the Top 100 on seven occasions

To put this in another perspective, of the entries into the recent Air New Zealand Wine Awards only 5% of the entries received gold medals which makes this a tough wine show. With the number of wines Wine Spectator reviewed from around the world in the course of the year less than 1% of the wines make the top 100 .

# 76 2008 Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay 92 points

A benchmark for New Zealand Chardonnay, Kumeu River is located in the Kumeu region whose cool Pacific-influenced climate is remarkably consistent each year. This Estate Chardonnay from choice parcels on the 99 acres Kumeu owns or maintains was fermented and aged 11 months in barrel. As owner-winemaker Michael Brajkovich has done with all his wines since 2001 this wine is sealed with a screw cap.