Chardonnay, Maté’s Vineyard, Kumeu
The Wine Advocate
Maté's is usually the tightest, most linear of the KR Chards, and that's again the case. The 2016 Mate's Vineyard Chardonnay is marked by smoky new oak, but there's also pineapple and grapefruit notes that create a crisp, acidic spine. Draped off of that are hints of white peaches, roasted hazelnuts and tangerine. There's an almost briny zestiness to the lingering finish that sets it apart from the winery's other single-vineyard bottlings.
From New Zealand's Chardonnay expert, this offers a smokey and briny nose marked by salted nuts and grilled stone fruit. These tones glide to the effortlessly silky, smooth palate, threaded by stoney minerality, pristine acidity and a lengthy tangy, savory finish. Drink now—2024.
This great chardonnay is just beginning to give its best. Cool and very fresh with lemon-blossom and lemon-curd character, married to considerable richness and animating acidity, this proves that New Zealand can play in the global chardonnay first le