Kumeu Village Chardonnay 2019 Hawke's Bay & Kumeu
Best of the West:
Produced from hand harvested grapes grown in Kumeu and Hawkes Bay this wine was fermented 45% in old French oak barriques, and 55% in stainless steel tanks. The barrel fermentation provides some richness but very little oak in influence. Combined with the tank fermentation this allows 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. The 2019 vintage was outstanding and has delivered a Village wine of greater complexity than usual. The weighty mid-palate shows peachy ripeness along with crisp acid minerality that gives the wine a refreshing cleansing quality. This wine is delightful as an aperitif, and even better to drink with fish and shellfish.