Kumeu River

Chardonnay, Maté’s Vineyard, Kumeu

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Kumeu River
Chardonnay, Maté’s Vineyard, Kumeu – 2018

Wine Spectator
92 Points

A mix of power and detail, with concentrated peach, apricot and pear flavors at the core, featuring nuances of sesame seed, white flowers, fresh ginger and lime zest set on a smooth and extremely juicy frame. Drink now. 1,100 cases made, 112 cases imported.

MaryAnn Worobiec, February 5, 2020
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Kumeu River
Chardonnay, Maté’s Vineyard, Kumeu – 2018

The Wine Advocate
93 Points

Gentle notes of toasted grain mark the nose of the 2018 Maté’s Vineyard Chardonnay, framing ripe pineapple and white peach aromas. There's a hint of bacon fat too. On the medium-bodied palate, the wine is slightly custardy and silky, while at the same time, it's crisp and focused, tightening on the finish into a coiled spring of citrus zest. Like most vintages of Maté’s, this ideally needs a couple of years in the cellar to fully express itself.

Joe Czerwinski, November 27, 2019
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Kumeu River
Chardonnay, Maté’s Vineyard, Kumeu – 2018

jamessuckling.com
96 Points

The top-tier chardonnay here is very much in command and has a super rich and very concentrated feel with deep, ripe-peach and mango aromas with grilled-grapefruit notes, too. The palate is very rich and ripe, offering a super fleshy feel with long, rich and layered, stone-fruit flavors. Drink or hold. Screw cap.

James Suckling, October 16, 2019
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