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
5 Stars Michael Cooper
"This outstanding, single-vineyard wine ? my favourite in the Kumeu River range ? is grown on slopes above Mate's Vineyard, directly over the road from the winery at Kumeu (originally planted in 1982, the site was replanted in 2000). A notably elegant wine, in its youth it is generally less lush than its Coddington stablemate (above), but with good acidity and citrusy, complex flavours that build well across the palate. From a cool, cloudy growing season, the 2017 vintage (5*) was hand-picked, fermented with indigenous yeasts in French oak barriques and wood-aged for 11 months. Light lemon/green, it is weighty and sweet-fruited, with strong, youthful citrus and stone-fruit flavours, gentle acidity and excellent harmony. Already enjoyable."
95/100 Bob Campbell MW
“Impressively concentrated chardonnay with tree fruit, white peach, nectarine, hazelnut and a thread of wet stone mineral character. The wine has appealing purity, impeccable balance and a lingering finish."
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