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Kumeu River Hunting Hill Chardonnay 2009 (New Zealand)

New Zealand
Kumeu River

Michael Brajkovich, the winemaker at this ambitious family estate on New Zealand's North Island near Auckland, is one of the sharpest vintners I've met.

A master of wine who also has a university degree in oenology, he makes no secret of his passion for great white Burgundy, the ultimate expression of chardonnay, which happens to be one of my great passions. This gem of a white displays Burgundian finesse in spades. Medium-bodied and lively with zippy acidity, it unfolds with layers of subtle flavour, including tropical fruit, green apple, citrus, toasted nuts and a chalk-like mineral quality. Talk about precision – like a superbly engineered opera recording. Ideal for simple, mid-weight proteins such as roast chicken or grilled salmon. $41.21 in Man., $40 in Que.

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