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Wine Advocate Reviews by Lisa Perotti Brown MW

05 February 13

2010 Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay

91 points

The 2010 Estate Chardonnay has expressive ripe peach, shaved almond, apricot, green mango and pineapple notes with a faint suggestion of meal. Medium-bodied with crisp acid, it shows good concentration, a satiny texture and a long finish. Approachable now, it should drink to 2016+.

2010 Kumeu River Coddington Chardonnay

92 points

The 2010 Coddington Chardonnay opens with delicate notes of warm lemons, white peaches and fresh ginger with hints of apple tart and crushed stones. This medium-bodied, vibrant and silky Chardonnay has great concentration and a long, citrusy finish. Drink it now to 2017+.

2010 Kumeu River Hunting Hill Chardonnay

94 points

The 2010 Hunting Hill Chardonnay is a little more closed than the Coddington, yet reveals distinctive grapefruit, honeysuckle and chalk aromas with hints of mace, ginger and croissant plus a whiff of cedar. Medium to full-bodied, it is silky, rich and spicy in the mouth and ends with a long, toasty finish. Absolutely delicious now, it will really reward cellaring and drink best 2013 to 2020+.

2010 Kumeu River Mate’s Vineyard Chardonnay

94 points

The 2010 Mate’s Vineyard Chardonnay is also a bit closed, displaying a chalky, lemon / lime, orange peel and jasmine nose with a hint of honeyed toast. It has a tightly knit texture with layers of citrus and mineral flavors, lifted crisp acidity and a long finish. Medium-bodied, it is built for the long haul and should drink from 2014 to 2021+.