Kumeu River

Chardonnay, Maté’s Vineyard, Kumeu

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Kumeu River
Chardonnay, Maté’s Vineyard, Kumeu – 2020

jamessuckling.com
100 Points

This is such impressive chardonnay in terms of power and complexity, delivering so much with such poise. Aromas of lemons and peaches intersect with lightly spicy oak and brioche on the nose. The palate drops mouth-filling flavors of peach and lemon and winds tight, before exploding long on the finish with a long, nutty afterglow. Perfect chardonnay.

James Suckling, August 2021
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Kumeu River
Chardonnay, Maté’s Vineyard, Kumeu – 2020

Vinous
97 Points

This 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...

Rebecca Gibb, July 2021
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Kumeu River
Chardonnay, Maté’s Vineyard, Kumeu – 2020

JancisRobinson.com
17.5 Points

Pale gold. Quite an opulent nose. I must say the nose made me think involuntarily of some Corton-Charlemagnes. Really precise and mealy with perfect balance. You could already enjoy it but it will surely become even more complex in bottle. Long and satisfying, a wine designed to soothe sore throats. Quite a triumph; easy to see why it's the most expensive in this range.

Jancis Robinson, June 2021
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