2019 Kumeu River Mate's Vineyard Chardonnay

98 Points Cameron Douglas MS
In stock
A weighty and classy wine that is is NZ Chardonnay at its best! (The 2014 was listed in Robert Parker's Wine Advocate '50 Best New Releases' (selected from 30,000+ tasting notes). It is comparable to fine Burgundy in both quality and style, with complexity and mineral acidity integrated seamlessly into it's full-textured, full-flavoured body. Mate's vineyard in Auckland has gone from a local to a world-legend, thanks to increasing vine age and the mind-boggling expertise of Mate's son, winemaker Michael Brakovich MW. Drink soon or cellar for a good while.
$80.99 in mixed 6+ or $89.99 per bottle



Its Origins

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

98/100 Cameron Douglas MS

"Tense, ripe, pure, mineral, finesse, charm and beguiling. This is the best Mate’s I have encountered - the vintage says it all - aromas and flavours of apples and peaches, citrus of grapefruit and lemon then layers of new-ish wood adding in texture, harmony, tension and length. The acidity is ripe and almost sweet to the taste also suggesting a light saline note. The palate is full and lengthy, pure and generous. Available from August - put your name down for a case. Best drinking likely beginning 2022 through 2032." Drink 2022 - 2032

95/100 Bob Campbell MW

"Concentrated chardonnay with peach, grapefruit, citrus and a suggestion of oyster-shell and mineral flavours. A ripe and obviously youthful wine, with a slightly phenolic backbone and a lengthy finish. Should develop well with bottle age. 28 JUL 2020." Drink 2020 - 2027

Variety Chardonnay
Region Auckland & Waiheke Island
Closure Cap
Volume 750ml
Maturity 2022 - 2032

This Wine Goes Well With

with PORK



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