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Derek - Tue, October 23, 2018

Kumeu River Tasting at Farr Vintners – 21st September 2018

Estate

Estate Chardonnay 2017

92 2020-26

The nose is floral and fresh the palate light at the start citrusy sweeter in the middle ripe apple and pear. The richer flavours are backed by freshness the finish light fresh fruited and long.

Estate Chardonnay 2016

92 2018-26

There is a complex mix of fruits on the nose nectarines and ripe peach the palate has concentration richness ripe melon yet focussed. The underlying herbal freshness the crystalline freshness balances the richness the finish is mellow creamy rich.

Estate Chardonnay 2015

93 2018-26

The nose is bright smoky with fresh fruits some flint and mineral the start of the palate lean taut but there is mid richness layers of nectarines and ripe pears some peach and pink grapefruit the finish fragrant floral and long.

Estate Chardonnay 2014

94 2018-25

Racy fresh the nose has mineral and citrus the palate is rich with ripe greengage and melon depth of flavour. Citrus, flint and mineral underpin a streak of freshness but it fills out at the back with nectarine and pear depth of fruit on the finish.

Estate Chardonnay 2013

90 2018-24

Breadth richness on the nose the palate starts with honeydew melon and pear. Lighter in the middle herbal Granny Smith apples and limes bright at the back with tingling freshness on the finish

Estate Chardonnay 2012

91 2018-24

The nose has a complex mix of sweet fruits the start of palate fleshy melon and ripe pear but under this richness depth of fruit there is a streak of freshness a vein of mineral and some lime the finish has racy flinty freshness and length.

Estate Chardonnay 2011

90 2018-24

White flowered fragrances the nose has charm the palate a mix of citrus fruits a hint of hazel nuts a complex mix of flavours. Although quite light and fresh fruited on the back palate it fills out on the finish with ripe pear and greengage.

Estate Chardonnay 2010

95 2018-25

Racy fresh there is a lot happening on the nose herbal leafy gun smoke the freshness on the start of the palate quickly gives way to a rich mix of pear and ripe nectarine. The generosity is balanced by citrus and flint the back palate lighter the finish packed with a mix of rich ripe fruits.

Estate Chardonnay 2009

92 2018-24

Depth on the nose pear is backed by apricot and nectarine the palate starts with sweet fruit but the underpinning lime and apple refresh the back palate has a herbal nutty twist the finish is firm fragrant and long.

Estate Chardonnay 2008

91 2018-23

The ripe apricots and hazel nuts give lots of complexity on the nose the start of the palate has a rich mix of ripe greengage and yellow peach. Mineral flinty freshness the mid palate is quite lean but it fills out at the back with honeyed sweet fruit.

Estate Chardonnay 2007

90 2018-23

Mineral and flint the nose is fresh the palate firm at the start but there is sweetness in the middle meaty. Under the richness flint and mineral give freshness quite light and firm at the back the finish taut fragrant and fresh.

Estate Chardonnay 2006

90 2018-22

The nose has an attractive hint of autumn leaf maturity the start of the palate firm nutty herbal but there is mid richness ripe fruit. At the back lime and apple take over there is an underlying vein of flint the finish is firm and fresh.

Coddington Vineyard

Coddington Chardonnay 2017

92 2019-26

Creamy richness the nose has apricot and peach the palate pineapple but under the fleshy fruit there is balancing acid freshness layers of lime and lemon. It is quite tight in the middle taut with floral fragrances showing at the back.

Coddington Chardonnay 2016

93 2018-26

Ripe and sweet the nose has depth the richness of ripe peach and nectarines the palate has a creamy mix silky in the middle. The mid palate has ripe stone fruits and pear the back palate is lighter smoky with hazel nuts and gingery spice the finish has length the fruit lingering.

Coddington Chardonnay 2015

94 2019-26

Exotic white peach the nose has richness yet freshness the palate fuller with pineapple and a hint of toasty oak. There is an underlying streak of lime and lemon that cuts through the richness perfect balance the finish is fragrant and long.

Coddington Chardonnay 2014

93 2018-26

The nose is lean and mineral the start of the palate has the freshness of cut apple but under this there is a sweet mix of ripe melon and greengage silky richness. Fresh fruits show at the back steely and bright on the finish.

Coddington Chardonnay 2013

91 2018-24

Herbal leafy mown grass the nose is bright and fresh the palate starts with mineral and flint but it fills out in the middle with nectarines and greengage. The back palate is exotic and fresh the finish bright smoky and long.

Coddington Chardonnay 2012

91 2018-24

Honeydew melon the fruit is fleshy and ripe the mid palate supple with depth of flavour. Citrus underpins layers of freshness complexity the back palate quite light but there is a hint of ripe fruit on the finish.

Coddington Chardonnay 2011

92 2018-25

Floral, fragrant and fresh the nose has lime flowers and orange blossom the start of the palate has gun flint and lime taut and bright. There is mid richness ripe melon backed by fleshy pear but at the back the mineral the citrus dominate the finish is lean fresh and fragrant.

Coddington Chardonnay 2010

94 2018-26

The nose has racy smoky fresh fruits the start of palate hazel nuts and flint. Supple and fleshy in the middle silky and rich the richness backed by lime and apple a touch of mineral with concentration richness a powerful mix of ripe fruits on the finish

Coddington Chardonnay 2009

92 2018-24

White peach and apricot the fruit on the nose is rich and ripe the start of the palate fleshy breadth and suppleness in the middle. Under the rich mix of greengage and ripe nectarines there is freshness the back palate lighter yet it finishes quite sweet.

Coddington Chardonnay 2008

92 2018-24

Depth on the nose there is a rich mix of ripe fruit the palate has supple fleshy peach and pear but there is balance an underlying citric freshness. Breadth of flavour at the back the rich mix fleshes out the finish.

Coddington Chardonnay 2007

93 2018-23

The nose is light with fragrant floral charm orange blossom the start of the palate fresh a mix of apple, lime and flint. Richer in the middle the fruit is sweet and ripe honeyed richness depth at the back supple fleshy and ripe fruited on the finish.

Coddington Chardonnay 2006

90 2018-21

There is a hint of autumn leaf maturity the start of the palate nutty with firm fresh fruits. A touch of peach gives a little more depth in the middle but at the back palate it is lean and tight the finish flinty and fresh.

Hunting Hill

Hunting Hill Chardonnay 2017

93 2020-28

The nose has the fragrance of orange blossom the palate citrus and mineral freshness light lean directional. Stoned fruit and lime brighten the mid palate greengage gives a little more depth with the fresh fruits the lemon and crisp apple refreshing the finish.

Hunting Hill Chardonnay 2016

95 2020-28

The nose is focussed smoky fresh the palate has crushed sea shells taut in the middle the acidity encircles the mid sweetness the peach and apricot. Mineral and slate freshness at the back intensity of flavour and although quite lean there is richer fruit on the finish.

Hunting Hill Chardonnay 2015

94 2018-25

Stone fruit the nose is bright and fresh struck flints gun smoke. Fleshy pink grapefruit the hint of toast gives mid richness generosity with under the rich mix of flavours some tangerine giving a balancing freshness the finish is long with lingering fruit.

Hunting Hill Chardonnay 2014

95 2018-26

Honeysuckle and herbal freshness there is a lot happening on the nose the palate has depth ripe white peach and pear underpinned by tangerine layers of flavour. Richness at the back intensity of flavour supple and fleshy but it finishes lean, long and mineral.

Hunting Hill Chardonnay 2013

94 2018-25

Citrusy, spicy the nose is fresh and bright the start of the palate light and lean but there is the sweetness of ripe apricot and greengage fleshy nectarines in the middle. Stone fruit and lime at the back give a fresher feel slate and flint linger on the long finish.

Hunting Hill Chardonnay 2012

91 2018-24

Herbaceous spicy the nose is fresh the palate light at the start but there is the mid sweetness of tropical fruits. Tight on the back palate the citrus and mineral refresh the finish is light fresh directional.

Hunting Hill Chardonnay 2011

92 2018-23

White flowers orange blossom smoky the nose has mix of fragrances the start of the palate light flinty, citrusy. Pink grapefruit shows at the back underpinned by richer greengage the finish is lean directional and long.

Hunting Hill Chardonnay 2010

95 2018-24

Struck match, wood smoke, graphite the nose is fragrant and fresh the palate citrusy and bright. There is mid richness white peach, pink grapefruit with a hint of greengage the back palate has mineral intensity flint and shale with lingering flavours.

Hunting Hill Chardonnay 2009

92 2018-23

The citrus mix is fresh the palate firm at the start the citrus underpinned by mineral gives a racy freshness. Richer at the back nectarines and pear but the fresh fruits the cracked flints the mineral dominate the back palate and finish.

Hunting Hill Chardonnay 2008

94 2018-23

The fruit on the nose is sweet the palate has breadth of flavour a rich mix of ripe melon and greengage, apricot and pear. There is a balancing freshness with tangerine and lime all backed by flint and shale the finish is fresh fruited and long.

Hunting Hill Chardonnay 2007

96 2018-24

Ripe apricots and nectarines the nose has depth of flavour a rich mix of fruits the start of the palate is fleshy and sweet with at the back herbal freshness. The layers of flavour the mix of limes, herbs and tangerines give complexity a balance of rich fruit and mineral intensity.

Hunting Hill Chardonnay 2006

91 2018-22

The nose has hints of maturity leafy with a touch of spice. Citrus and mineral in the middle the freshness is backed by the richer flavours of white peach and apricot the finish firmer fresh and slightly tight.

Mate’s Vineyard

Mate’s Chardonnay 2017

93 2020-28

The nose is fragrant with white flowers and lime freshness the palate starts with the crispness of Granny Smith apples. There is some sweet fruit at the back hints of tropical fruits, greengages and fleshy pink grapefruit the finish streamlined with a mineral streak.

Mate’s Chardonnay 2016

96 2019-30

Behind the ripe fruit the apricot there is steely lemon freshness layers of flavour lots of complexity. Creamy in the middle the fleshy mango backed by hints of vanilla the back palate has a savoury zesty freshness some underlying flint the finish is long and lean.

Mate’s Chardonnay 2015

93 2018-27

Yellow peaches and apricots the nose has a rich mix of fruits the palate breadth and depth. The supple fleshiness on the mid palate in underpinned by citrus a streak of freshness and although richer at the back the finish is flinty and bright.

Mate’s Chardonnay 2014

94 2018-28

Complex both nose and palate has the richness of ripe fruit yet the underlying freshness of lime and flint. Ripe peach some fleshy melon gives mid richness but towards the back the fresh fruit the citrus and the mineral take over lighten and streamline the finish.

Mate’s Chardonnay 2013

92 2018-25

Herbal and fresh the nose is light and fragrant the palate starts with the depth and richness of fleshy white peach. Citrus in the middle refreshes the back palate has more depth richer flavours with spicy herbal freshness coming through on the finish.

Mate’s Chardonnay 2012

94 2018-28

Orange blossom and white flowers the nose is fragrant fresh with a hint of nutmeg the start of the palate restrained lots of crunchy apple. Under this there is fleshy sweetness lots of ripe nectarines their richness balanced by the freshness of tangerines and limes the finish is long lingering precise.

Mate’s Chardonnay 2011

92 2018-24

Ripe apricots the nose has depth the start of the palate a rich mix of ripe fruits. Flint and lime underpin a streak of freshness lighter at the back with ripe greengage and yellow peach emerging on the finish.

Mate’s Chardonnay 2010

95 2018-25

Richness the nose has depth a powerful mix of ripe apricots and nectarines fleshy in the middle. There is balance from the vein of mineral the gun flint and apple leaner at the back but it fills out on the finish with generosity of flavour.

Mate’s Chardonnay 2009

96 2018-24

The fruit is sweet but behind the rich mix of fruits there is freshness and fragrance. Opulent supple fleshy richness in the middle yellow peach backed by apricot and honeydew melon the layers of ripe fruit are underpinned by apple giving complexity the back palate is rich and deep the finish leaner with flints and crushed sea shells.

Mate’s Chardonnay 2008

93 2018-23

The nose has white flowered fragrances the start of the palate light with lime and lemon freshness. Greengage some peach gives more depth in the middle sweet fruit towards the back with an underlying streak of mineral a mix of citrus fruits refreshing the finish

Mate’s Chardonnay 2007

95 2018-23

The nose has bitter sweetness the palate layers of flavour ripe fleshy apricot and nectarine backed by flinty lime. The mid palate is opulent full of rich fruit the back palate has the freshness of lime and crushed shells with a tantalizing hint of nutmeg the finish is long with lingering flavours.

Mate’s Chardonnay 2006

90 2018-22

Fresh fruits the nose is tight the start of the palate lean and light. Pink grapefruit in the middle gives more flesh but the flinty fresh fruits take over the finish is firm with mineral tautness.

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