Kumeu, Auckland

Kumeu River

Hunting Hill Chardonnay

Excellent partner to homemade Alaskan spot shrimp Alfredo, in the great oak/acid balance. Kumeu is great with further age, but couldn’t resist the screw cap on a Wednesday. — 6 days ago

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Bob McDonald

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A huge fan of Kumeu Rivet. Some of the best new world Chardonnay anywhere. Particularly Mates Vineyard.
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Vintage thanks.

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. — 20 days ago

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Kumeu River

Maté's Vineyard Chardonnay

Plush and intriguing. Drinking very well at age 10, this is one of my favorite Chardonnays. Notes similar to last time with a slight oiliness. — 2 months ago

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Man O' War Vineyards

Dreadnought Waiheke Island Syrah 2012

Mid to deep crimson in colour. Aromas of red berries, a little oak, a bunchie stalky note, spices including nutmeg and a dash of chocolate. Medium plus bodied quite northern Rhone in style more than SA. Not dissimilar to another excellent North Island Syrah as in Trinity Hill, Hawkes Bay. Very good, very tasty. From the unlikely destination of Waiheke Island which is in the middle of Auckland Harbour, which is massive in area compared to Sydney Harbour. One would think the rainfall might be a little high for quality viticulture but not so. Also when you think that one of the best new world Chardonnays in Kumeu River is made just to the north of Auckland. — 2 days ago

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@TheSkip Will be interested to see what you think.
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Been to Waiheke Island to visit Kennedy Point where they used to make outstanding Syrah (and other reds)
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@ESF Fun fact about Waiheke Island You might recall that Tiger Woods had a New Zealand caddy for many years. When Tiger got married and almost at the height of his popularity he had part of his honeymoon on Waiheke Island so I was told by locals. Great for the privacy - organised by the caddy.

Te Motu

Dunleavy Waiheke Island Cabernet Merlot 2012

Picked this up walking around Waiheke a few years ago. Super nice, dry, peppery, blackberry, good tannins — 19 days ago

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 months ago

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Has a couple years age which has done it well. Granite, black pepper, sour cherry, charred grapefruit, blackberry, game. Medium minus body. Mouthwatering. Enjoyed!!
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Has a couple years age which has done it well. Granite, black pepper, sour cherry, charred grapefruit, blackberry, game. Medium minus body. Mouthwatering. Enjoyed!!
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Good with a little age. A baby cote rotie. Medium minus body. Sour cherry, black pepper, charred grapefruit, mouthwatering. game. Enjoyed!!

Kumeu River

Estate Chardonnay 2019

Kumeu River’s Estate Chardonnay (one above their Village, but below the single vineyard bottlings) is a good value Burgundy-inspired wine that fans of the grape should seek out.

There’s butterscotch, vanilla, toffee, and gunflint on the nose. Quite oak dominated at this stage. On the palate it’s bright, lively, has a briskness about it. Very supple mouthfeel, with a creamy mid-palate. It isn’t rich; actually, it’s quite light on its feet and glides over the palate with purpose. I think it’s too young at the moment and needs a little time for the oak to integrate. Other than that, it’s great.
— 18 days ago

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Te Whau

The Point Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2006

Palmer Emmitt
9.4

Promising fruity aromas with underlying herbaceousness. Classic aged Bordeaux character on the palate with lots of cassis and leather. Seamlessly balanced. Clearly superior to the ‘05 I opened last month - a pleasant Christmas surprise. — 25 days ago

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Hugh O'Riordan

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Palmer, interesting wine. Hugh

Mudbrick Vineyard

Velvet 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? — a month ago

Kumeu River

Rays Road Pinot Noir

MICHAEL COOPER
8.9

I expected more from a #singlevineyard release from #kumeu and that has been touted by the likes of #jancisrobinson must be an #mw thing. Too expensive for what it delivered. Better off with the #estate wines of Kumeu. #newzealand #pinotnoir — 4 months ago

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