In 1938 Maté Brajkovich arrived in New Zealand with his parents, who settled in Kumeu and in 1944 bought a small vineyard which would later become Kumeu River wines. For a few decades Maté mostly made simple fortified and sparkling wines. It wasn't until 1982 however, when Matés son Michael took over, that the wines would really start to turn heads. Michael and his siblings began to transform the vineyard and vinification practices to more considered, traditional ways, with hand harvesting, improved drainage, judicious use of oak and only using the wild yeast present in the vineyard to bring a sharper definition of terroir into the wines. Matés vineyard is the original land bought in 1944, re-planted by Maté just before his death with low-yielding Mendoza clone Chardonnay in 1990.
What The Critics Say
95/100 Bob Campbell (2015 vintage)
“Pure and appealing chardonnay in a typical Hunting Hill style, with taut mineral, apple, white peach and citrus flavours plus a seasoning of nutty yeast lees and spicy oak. Should develop well.”
96/100 Wine Orbit, Sam Kim (2015 vintage)
"Like crisp white linen, this is pure, exquisitely detailed and immensely satisfying. Delicate aromas of white stone fruit, lemon peel, oatmeal and almond lead to a focused palate that is concentrated and persistent with silky mouthfeel and creamy texture. The wine offers tight structure and superb length, and promises to evolve gloriously. At its best: 2018 to 2027. $60.00. www.kumeuriver.co.nz. Oct 2016."
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