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2018 Kumeu River "Kumeu Village" Pinot Noir Hawkes Bay SKU #1483730

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  • Thomas Smith
    By: Thomas Smith
    K&L Staff Member
    I should have never tasted this bottle. The importer originally intended to send me their Chardonnay, on which Kumeu River has built their reputation for some of the best Chardonnay produced anywhere across the globe. This three-generation family producer has earned accolades as New Zealand's best Chardonnay producer, crafting their wines with a keen eye towards Burgundy, and being damn successful at it. But this wasn't their Chardonnay, this was their Pinot. Furthermore, because Auckland is one of the few wine growing regions on New Zealand's East Coast, it is subject to extreme weather conditions, and a typhoon brought rains right at harvest in 2018, so most critics ultimately wrote this wine off. But let me tell you, do not make the same mistake. This wine is astoundingly beautiful. Nearly rose colored in the glass, with 12.5 ABV, this is elegant, graceful, and stunning Pinot Noir. Falling somewhere between Oregon's Arteberry Maresh and Giboulet Savigny Les Beaune, there is tons of aromatic complexity, along with a earthy, yet clean palate with just a tug of tannin and a beautiful finish. Kumeu declassified their entire Pinot Noir program into this one wine in 2018, and this absolutely reaffirms my belief that Kumeu River is one of the best producers out there. Period.


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