Top 10 wines in the UK press24th February, 2014 by Lauren Eads
Kumeu Village Chardonnay, Auckland, New Zealand 2010
David Williams, writing in The Observer this week, went in search of a trio of “unBurgundian Chardonnays” in a bid to offer alternatives to Chardonnay Burgundy that “capture the essence but not the price”.
Of this New Zealand Chardonnay he said: “Although dwarfed in quantity by Sauvignon Blanc, the Kiwis make genuinely fine wines from Chardonnay.
“So good, in fact, I have a feeling that once the sauvignon bubble has burst, it will be chardonnay we associate most closely with New Zealand. “The Brajkovich family at Kumeu River are one of a handful of chardonnay specialists and their top wines rank alongside the best of Burgundy.
“As the name suggests, this wine compares to the Burgundian “village” rather than “grand” or “premier cru” labels, but it’s a nervy, nutty bargain that is very far from vin ordinaire.”
Price: £9.50, thewinesociety.com