I thought I would share a tasting with this thread that our local wine club had last month. It was a paired ‘blind’, evenly priced wine tasting between various Kumeu River wines and Burgundies - mainly the wines of up and coming superstar Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey (PYCM). The results came from the votes for each pairing by 15 wine club members. The village Kumeu River Chardonnay (KRC) 2017 was pleasant, although a little simple and was beaten by the tremendous Brocard Chablis Vieilles Vignes 2014 (-a brilliant value Chablis offered regularly by TWS). Next, a delicious Estate KRC 2014 just pipped an equally generous, fruity PYCM Bourgogne 2014. Upping the stakes, an absolutely brilliant KRC Hunting Hill 2013 easily beat a tasty PYCM Rully 2016. If anyone holds bottles of Hunting Hill 2013, then they should wait at least 2 years before trying a bottle, as it will only improve. This wine will beat most Puligny 1re Crus - it’s that good! Finally a slightly underwhelming KRC Mates 2015 was aced by a fantastic PYCM St. Aubin 2015. Perhaps the Mates needs another 2-3 years to fully open up, but for now it is not shining. So, on this tasting it was honours even between Kumeu River and some top value Burgundies. All I would add is that I will be buying more Kumeu River chardonnays because they have consistently proven, year in, year out, to be great value wines at every price point.