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2010 Kumeu River Chardonnay Mate's Vineyard Kumeu
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92 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - September/October 2013

Pale, bright straw-yellow.  Musky pear, apricot, apple, lemon oil and a hint of smoky minerality on the nose.  Juicy, smoky and dry, with lovely citrus lift giving the middle palate a perfumed quality.  Silky-smooth, broad and very concentrated.  Finishes ripe and long, with a firm spine of citrus fruits and minerals.  This showed more structure and acidity with 24 hours in the recorked bottle, along with an intriguing saline complexity.  A terrific New Zealand chardonnay.

91 Points | Wine Spectator
94 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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New Zealand's ocean-influenced climate--markedly cooler than that of its neighbor Australia--yields wines with admirable fruit intensity and crisp acidity. Fully two-thirds of New Zealand's wine production is white, and more than half of the wine it ships to America is Sauvignon Blanc. The U.S. market has developed a major thirst for these juicy, fresh New Zealand Sauvignons, which are mostly free of oak influence. But New Zealand Pinot Noir, too, is growing...
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The best Chardonnays in the world continue to arrive from the region where the grape first emerged: the chalk, clay, and limestone vineyards of Burgundy and Chablis. While the origins of the grape were disputed for many years, with some speculating that the grape came all the way from the Middle East, DNA researchers at the University of California-Davis proved in 1999 that Chardonnay actually developed...
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