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. Joe Czerwinski, Robert Parker Wine Advocate
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. Rebecca Gibb MW, Vinous
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. Bob Campbell MW
Region: Auckland, New Zealand
Grape Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Critic Rating: Robert Parker Wine Advocate 96 Points, Vinous 96 Points, Bob Campbell 95 Points
Suggested Drink Window: 2021 - 2030
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