Kumeu River 2014 Chardonnay Hunting Hill, New Zealand
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The Croatian Brajkovich family are pioneers and stars in the New Zealand wine industry, starting back in the 1940s, having earned perhaps the best international reputation in all of New Zealand wine, and this incredibly rare, intense, structured and stylish Chardonnay (less than 25 cases in California) - perennially on critics best lists all over the world - is one of the reasons why. Powerful, rich and oaky but still extremely well balanced and taut with a sharp core of energetic fruit, this stunning Chardonnay starts off with ethereal aromas of minerally citrus, ginger and stone fruit. The palate has a rich and sensuous texture, with more citrus and stonefruit and a nice streak of minerality. There is perfect balancing natural acidity, too. The finish is long and smooth, with rich buttery oak coming on smoothly but not overpowering. While it is delicious now with a vigorous decant, this wine is young and will develop into something amazing with five-to-ten years of proper cellaring. If you like a rich, oaky, buttery high-end California Chardonnay, you owe it to yourself to try this wine - it has what you want, but with a special twist that will blow you way.
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