"Apricot, yellow apple, quince, pear, toasted spice and honeysuckle notes are focused and harmonious, set on a smooth body, with a lift of juicy acidity on the finish. Drink now through 2025." 92 Points Wine Spectator "The 2011 Mate’s Vineyard Chardonnay...
"Apricot, yellow apple, quince, pear, toasted spice and honeysuckle notes are focused and harmonious, set on a smooth body, with a lift of juicy acidity on the finish. Drink now through 2025."
92 Points Wine Spectator
"The 2011 Mate’s Vineyard Chardonnay exudes gorgeous aromas of honeysuckle, grapefruit essence and peach kernels along with an undercurrent of beeswax, cedar, preserved ginger and jasmine. The elegantly styled, medium-bodied palate offers a great concentration of taut fruit, creamy and toasty layers alongside a well-placed line of uplifting acid to carry it to a long, lively and mineral-laced finish. Drink it 2014 to 2022+."
94+ Points Wine Advocate
REVIEWS ON SOME PREVIOUS VINTAGES
Kumeu River 'Mates Vineyard' Chardonnay 2009
"In 1990, Maté Brajkovich reworked the land and planted a new vineyard of Chardonnay vines on the site of the original vineyard that he and his family purchased in March 1944. The first grapes from this vineyard were harvested in March 1993, the year following Maté's death. The resulting wine was released in November 1994 to coincide with celebrations marking the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Brajkovich Family's arrival at Kumeu River.
This is the 19th vintage we have made of Mate'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 Mate'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 2011 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 6-8 years and beyond." - Winemaker's Note