Kumeu, Auckland

Kumeu River

Estate Chardonnay 2020

Jan A
9.4

A blend made from the leftovers of the six single vineyards bottlings of Kumeu. Striking reductive nose of a high end Burgundy chardonnay. The palate is ok with some bitters and muffled acidity. It can use a little bit extra cellar time to round out. Excellent value at 25 euro.

Edit: on day two this came around very nicely, so up from 92 to 94. Just needs more time
— 10 days ago

Tom, Ivor and 13 others liked this

Kumeu River

Hunting Hill Chardonnay 2016

Beautiful precise chardonnay. Pale straw. The nose has some struck match, peach, and mealy oak. The palate is crisp and precise but also explosive. Lemon curd, vanilla, and a salty mineral undertow. Quite broad fruit with very brisk acidity making the grippy citrus carry on forever. On the sour side rather so best with food, but this will settle further and age beautifully. Glad I have a case!! — 6 months ago

Racquel N
with Racquel

Mudbrick Vineyard

Velvet Waiheke Island Red Blend 2013

Dark fruit (purple and black), chocolate and refined tannins lead to a delicious, complex, and long finish on this red blend. I’d guess a blend of Syrah, Merlot, Malbec? — 2 years ago

Kumeu Village

Chardonnay 2019

Pale lemon color with stone and tropical fruit aromas with spice and floral notes. On the palate flavors of apple, peach and lemon citrus with floral spices. Lively acidity, medium finish ending with fruit and spice. — 19 days ago

Veronika, Eric and 2 others liked this

Kumeu River

Coddington Chardonnay 2015

Gunpowder smoke and a reductive mealy depth dominate the nose. The palate is crisp, focused, mouthwatering. There is complexity and structure, and a dominant sourness to the aftertaste that is not unpleasant and gives incredible length. Quite different from the Hunting Hill (more forward) and the Mates (more closed but more to give). This is another superb wine, but it needs food in my view to balance the sourness. — 5 months ago

Racquel N
with Racquel

Man O' War Vineyards

Warspite Cabernet Franc Blend 2012

This was a cracker tonight! Undecanted, but a standout in the lineup. Distinctive with its balance of dark fruit, savoury herbs and tannin grip that beautifully paired with aged beef. — 2 years ago

Sam Marshmallow
with Sam
Bob liked this

Stonyridge Vineyard

Larose Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2008

Medium deep ruby , quite thin ruby rim . Quite animal at first , deep tobacco and quite closed , touch cedar. More cool blackcurrant , blackberry , touch of mint , slightly medicinal . Quite present but fine tannins , balancing acidity . Touches of tobacco , medium bodied and ok length . This probably is better decanted , needs time . Will improve over the next 5 years or so, last a further 5. Tasted 08/09/2022 — 20 days ago

Ira, Severn and 1 other liked this

Kumeu River

Maté's Vineyard Chardonnay 2019

Wood dominated nose but drinking so subtle! What a wine. — 8 months ago

Chris, Jan and 4 others liked this

Kennedy Point Vineyard

Waiheke Island Cabernet Sauvignon 2002

ESF
9.1

This is still thriving: elegantly styled Left Bank offering with bright beam of pure cherry & currant, cassis, along w/endearing secondary layers of earth, leather, herbaceousness, hint of pepper, tomato leaf and others... great complexity w/out being all over the place. Mid weight, mild tannins and great freshness. Impressive! — a year ago

Severn, Dick and 6 others liked this

Man O' War Vineyards

Bellerophon Syrah Viognier 2014

Has a couple years age which has done it well. Granite, black pepper, sour cherry, charred grapefruit, blackberry, game. Medium minus body. Mouthwatering. Enjoyed!! — 2 years ago

David and Mike liked this
Jake Hajer

Jake Hajer Influencer Badge

Has a couple years age which has done it well. Granite, black pepper, sour cherry, charred grapefruit, blackberry, game. Medium minus body. Mouthwatering. Enjoyed!!
Jake Hajer

Jake Hajer Influencer Badge

Has a couple years age which has done it well. Granite, black pepper, sour cherry, charred grapefruit, blackberry, game. Medium minus body. Mouthwatering. Enjoyed!!
Jake Hajer

Jake Hajer Influencer Badge

Good with a little age. A baby cote rotie. Medium minus body. Sour cherry, black pepper, charred grapefruit, mouthwatering. game. Enjoyed!!