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Goedhuis, February 2021,
The nose of the 2019 Mate’s Vineyard is sublime, revealing layer upon layer of beautiful fruit and minerals. There’s more to come for this wonderful wine but it’s already so complex and enjoyable. The pure fruit and delicate oak favours are beautifully incorporated on the palate which has a luxurious texture and vibrant acidity that leads to a lingering finish.
Vinous, February 2021,
Tightly coiled, this focused and athletic Chardonnay needs to be put away in a cool, dark cellar in the medium term to allow it to unwind. A little shy on the nose, presenting melon, beeswax and subtle oak-derived nutty characters, it has an excellent core of concentration. There is a fine, silken texture on the focused and layered midpalate. Produced from the Mendoza clone, which is prone to hens and chicks. Invigorating acidity provides momentum on the lengthy finish.
Jancis Robinson, February 2021,
Fuller than the Hunting Hill but with much more framework and tension than the Coddington. Already so pleasing! With that extra breadth plus undertow. Fantastic length. Creamy texture. One for hedonists – by which I don't mean it's at all sweet. But it's richer than the Hunting Hill yet still has that New Zealand purity of fruit. Who could resist this? New Zealand Chardonnay at its finest. Perhaps slightly less burgundian than the Hunting Hill.
Producer Note, February 2021
Mate’s Vineyard is always the last site we pick each year. In 2019 the grapes certainly had the distinctive Mendoza millerandage, giving many small berries along with the normal sized ones, and as a result a wonderfully concentrated palate texture and fruit richness. Although still somewhat shy on the nose coming out of the barrel, with bottle age the full palette of complex aromas and bouquet of this wonderful wine will be gradually and seductively revealed.
Kumeu River is one the longest established and most recognised producers in New Zealand. Founded in 1944 by Mick Brajkovich, a Croatian immigrant, it was one of the early pioneers in Auckland that helped establish the country as an excellent wine producing area, particularly with its flagship variety, Sauvignon Blanc. Today, it boasts 30 hectares of vines based on predominantly clay soils overlying a sandstone base. Despite Sauvignon Blanc being the most famous variety from the country, Kumeu River's Chardonnays are the highlight of their portfolio and have won many accolades theworld over.