Kumeu River winemaker Michael Brajkovich MW called it “An exceptional vintage of unsurpassed quality”. That is high praise from a man who usually errs on the conservative side when describing vintage conditions.
The Kumeu River Maté’s Vineyard Chardonnay 2019 is a concentrated chardonnay with peach, grapefruit, citrus and a suggestion of oyster-shell and mineral flavours. It’s a ripe and obviously youthful wine, with a slightly phenolic backbone and a lengthy finish. It should develop well with bottle age.
Made in just the same way as all the Kumeu River single-vineyard Kumeu 2019 Chardonnays.
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. 14%
Drink 2020 – 2032
Scents of hazelnut, mocha and lime-custard crème brûlée appear on the nose of the 2019 Mate’s Vineyard Chardonnay. Complex and compelling, it’s undoubtedly one of Kumeu River’s top recent efforts. Medium to full-bodied, plump and generous on the palate, yet marked by zesty acids and a bright, citrusy finish, it’s wonderfully balanced and drinkable now, yet it should age effortlessly for at least a decade. 2021 – 2030.
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.