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Kumeu River Mate's Chardonnay

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Everyone needs a best mate and the Kumeu River Mate’s Chardonnay could well become your best friend in a bottle. At 18 years of age the Mate’s vineyard is one of the winery’s most hallowed plots of soil producing a single vineyard wine that shines. This has a very individual Chardonnay with a nose of pears and slatey minerals before a creamy and concentrated palate and clean natural acids.

Winemaker's Notes

This is the 20th vintage we have made of Maté’s Vineyard with the low-yielding Mendoza clone Chardonnay and this is the only remaining vineyard we have planted with the Mendoza clone. The vine age and the distinctive characteristics of this clone help give Maté’s Vineyard its unique character. This vineyard has always displayed a lifted fruit aroma reminiscent of ripe pears, but with a mineral edge. The palate is always long and concentrated. The 2012 vintage has given a wine that shows the complexity and concentration we expect from this vineyard with great tautness and length on the palate.

This will evolve beautifully over the next six to eight years and beyond.

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Kumeu River Mate's Chardonnay

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Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
Kumeu River s flagship wine immediately draws you into the glass with its enchanting citrus and stone-fruit aromas. There s hints of clotted cream and lemon curd also, with wafts of cashew butter, baking spice, sexy oak and struck match further in the background. Texture, mouth-watering sapid acidity and a finish that seems to linger for minutes means a wine that ticks pretty much every box available for the chardonnay fanatic
2015
Good Wine Guide
96
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
This is the flagship chardonnay from Kumeu having been bottled as a single-vineyard parcel since the late Mate Brajkovich reworked the land and planted the plot before he passed away in the early 1990s. The wine has a richness and concentration that make it a compelling single-site proposition: there's beautifully struck flint complexity across melon and pear fruits, with some white peach too. The palate's more in the peach and nectarine spectrum - really smooth fruit texture, contained yet concentrated from start to finish.
2015
The Good Wine Guide
96
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
Never have I seen a set of New Zealand chardonnays more stunning than Kumeu River’s 2009s, and Mate’s leads the parade. As always, this is the last vineyard picked on the estate, yielding a wine of refined energy, coiled-up tension, profound texture and restrained finesse. A persistence of grand cru Burgundian proportions lingers long and accurate with gunflint nuances. Delicate spice and peach fruit dance with perfumed white flowers and hints of struck match. When I suggested to Michael Brajkovich a week after its release that this may prove to rank among the finest chardonnays he’s made, he smiled in agreement and added “Wait for the 2010s!”
2014-2024
Wine Taste Special Edition 93
96
Nick Stock (2006 Vintage) says
This is the established centrepiece of the Kumeu River winery and produces a consistently refined, intense chardonnay that can stand the test of time. Complex flinty aromas and ripe pear fruits, the palate has a textural richness that plays against intense fine citrusy flavour and strong acid drive; balanced and masterful.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
96
Michael Cooper (2001 Vintage) says
This extremely classy single-vineyard wine is Kumeu River's flagship. It is made entirely from the best of the fruit harvested from Mate's Vineyard, planted in 1990 on the site of the original Kumeu River vineyard purchased by Mare Brajkovich in 1944. Strikingly similar to Kumeu River Kumeu Chardonnay, but slightly more opulent and concentrated, it offers the same rich and harmonious flavours of grapefruit, peach and butterscotch, typically (although not from the 2001 vintage - see above) with a stronger seasoning of new French oak. For winemaker Michael Brajkovich, the hallmark of Mate's Vineyard is 'a pear-like character on the nose, with richness and length on the palate after two to three years'. The 2001 vintage is as usual slightly richer than the Kumeu River Chardonnay, with concentrated peach, grapefruit and nut flavours and a long, slightly steely finish. (At a comparative tasting in mid-2002, the wine looked noticeably more fragrant under screwcap than cork.)
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Michael Cooper (1999 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1998 Vintage) says
This extremely classy single-vineyard wine is Kumeu River's flagship - as the price indicates. It is made entirely from vines planted in 1990 on the site of the original Kumeu River vineyard purchased by Mate Brajkovich in 1944. Strikingly similar to Kumeu River Kumeu Chardonnay, but slightly more opulent and concentrated, it offers the same rich and harmonious flavours of grapefruit, peach and butterscotch, but with a stronger seasoning of new French oak. The debut 1993 vintage has faded, but the 1994, 1996, 1997 and 1998 are developing superbly. The 1998 vintage is a very opulent wine with splendidly concentrated flavours of grapefruit, peach and butterscotch, and an almost apricot-like ripeness and richness. It's all there for majestic drinking 2002.
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James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Light to medium yellow-green; the bouquet is spotlessly clean, showing no sign of ambient temperature fermentation. As ever, fruit, oak and malolactic-fermentation characters coalesce on the bouquet and the exceptionally long palate providing a seamless, flawless wine.
Australian Wine Companion 2000 1999
94
Michael Cooper (1997 Vintage) says
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James Halliday (1996 Vintage) says
Light green-yellow; the aromas are extremely complex and concentrated, with impeccable oak balance and integration, and no one aroma dominating. There is an extra dimension of intensity of flavour on the palate, which has the longest finish I have encountered in a Chardonnay for many years. Here, too, it is hard to single out a single taste descriptor, which is no doubt exactly what Michael Brajkovich intended.
Australian Wine Companion 1999 1998
97
Michael Cooper (1995 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1993 Vintage) says
This extremely classy single-vineyard wine is Kumeu River's flagship - as the price indicates. It is made entirely from vines planted in 1990 on the site of the original Kumeu River vineyard purchased by Mate Brajkovich in 1944. Strikingly similar to Kumeu River Kumeu Chardonnay, but slightly more opulent and concentrated, it offers the same rich and harmonious flavours of grapefruit, peach and butterscotch, but with a stronger seasoning of new French oak. The debut 1993 vintage has faded, but the 1994, 1996, 1997 and 1998 are developing superbly. The 1998 vintage is a very opulent wine with splendidly concentrated flavours of grapefruit, peach and butterscotch, and an almost apricot-like ripeness and richness. It's all there for majestic drinking 2002.
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