95 points James Suckling
"Intense and complex chardonnay with lemons and peaches, as well as pastry and fresh cream. The palate is stacked with ripe-peach flavor and fresher, citrus tones and has complex, layered texture. Classy wine."
"Spontaneous fermentation of hand-picked grapes, whole-bunch pressed.
Lightly but not excessively reductive on the nose. Already quite expansive on the nose with beautiful impact on the palate: citrus, blossom and really neat acidity without much astringency. Elegant and racy – almost lightweight on the mid palate and then it is impressively persistent. A thorough delight already. VGV 17/20 points."
Karen MacNeil - The Wine Bible
"Year in and year out, Kumeu River makes two of the most impressive chardonnays in New Zealand... Fascinatingly distinctive and artisanal, and seem to have more in common with white Burgundies than with other New World chardonnays."