Kumeu River Mate's Vineyard Chardonnay 2020 (750ml)

Kumeu River Mate's Vineyard Chardonnay 2020 (750ml)

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The Chardonnay Mate's Vineyard, appears to have gone on a yoga retreat in 2020: not only is its usual powerful self, but it's remarkably zen too, exuding a sense of calmness. It is full-bodied, round and offers fruit ripeness, but the propensity of the Mendoza clone to hen-and-chicks means that it retains a sense of nerve, with powerful citrusy acidity providing the needle that pulls a tight thread through this wine's core. The 2020 is still far too young, and it is aromatically shy, but even in its full mature glory, it won't exhibit aromatic fireworks – nor should it. This is Chardonnay. Okay, you might detect lemon and limes, white flowers and just-ripe white nectarine, with 30% new oak imbuing an additional layer of savoriness, but when it comes down to it, this wine's trump card is in its shape, texture and persistence. Rebecca Gibb MW, Vinous

Rich, concentrated single vineyard wine that is a very good example of this flagship label. Ripe peach, apricot, mandarin blossom and spicy oak flavours. Deliciously approachable now but with potential. Bob Campbell MW

Region: Auckland, New Zealand

Grape Varietal: 100% Chardonnay

Critic Rating: Vinous 97 Points, Bob Campbell 96 Points

Suggested Drink Window: 2023 - 2035