Kumeu River

Kumeu, New Zealand

Chardonnay, Maté’s Vineyard, Kumeu – 2017

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • In 1990, Maté Brajkovich reworked the land at Kumeu River and planted a new vineyard of Chardonnay on the site of the family’s original vineyard, purchased in 1944. The first harvest from these new vines was in March 1993, the year following Maté’s death. The vineyard was named Maté’s Vineyard in his honor, and the resulting single-vineyard wine was first released in November 1994 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Brajkovich family’s arrival in Kumeu.

    • Location: Kumeu, Auckland
    • Cultivation: Sustainable
    • Size: 2.49 hectares (6 acres)
    • Vine Age: Planted 1990
    • Clones: Mendoza
    • Soil: Clay loam
    • Elevation: 45 meters (147 feet)
    • Exposure: North facing
    • Training: Lyre
  • Vintage Report

    • Harvest Date(s): March 22, 2016
    • Yields: 3.7 tons/acre
    • Brix: 21.5°
  • Vinification

    • Hand harvested
      Whole-bunch pressed
      Indigenous-yeast fermentation
      100% barrel fermentation
      100% malolactic fermentation
      11 months maturation in barrel
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  • Tasting Notes

    • The Mate’s Vineyard is usually the most reserved and unyielding when young with the nose being closed, just giving hints of the golden queen peach and mineral notes that we expect from Mate’s Vineyard. On the palate however, the flavour is very concentrated and distinctly richer than the other 2016 wines, but maintaining a perfect balance and freshness that sets this wine apart and makes it wonderful. This is a wine of immense concentration that will be very long lived.

  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay

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  • Kumeu River Chardonnay, Mate’s Vineyard– 2017 – James Suckling – 97 Points

    The mineral character of this wine is currently so pronounced and the fruit so closed that it’s not easy, also because of the slight funk from reduction, to identify the grape variety. On the palate, this marathon-runner chardonnay is very clean and

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