Kumeu River Mate's Vineyard Chardonnay 2008
Chardonnay from New Zealand
The vines of Mate's Vineyard are maturing nicely at 19 years old, and this is the only remaining vineyard we have planted with the Mendoza clone. The vine age and the distinctive characteristics of this clone help give Mate's Vineyard its unique character. This vineyard has always displayed a lifted fruit aroma reminiscent of ripe pears, but with a mineral edge. The palate is always long and concentrated. The 2008 vintage has given a wine that is even more complex and concentrated, with great tautness and length on the palate. This will evolve beautifully over the next six to eight years and beyond.
The Wine Advocate - "Mate’s Vineyard was so named after the estate’s founder, Mate (pronounced Matty) Brajkovich, passed away in 1992. It is an original block near the winery, which was replanted to Mendoza Clone Chardonnay in 1990. This wine is made similarly to the other two single vineyard wines except that it gets a bit more new oak, around 30-33%. The 2008 Mate’s Vineyard Chardonnay begins with butterscotch, toast and apricot kernel notes, leading to fragrant aromas of orange blossom, honeysuckle, coriander seed and warm Golden Delicious apple slices. The palate is very tight-knit with great tension, wonderfully crisp and pure acid, and a creamy richness that lingers on and on in the mouth. It needs time to really shine -- consider drinking it from 2014 to 2019+.
Wine Enthusiast - "The 2008 Maté's shows more lushness than typical for the vineyard, but retains its hallmark lime-like acidity. It’s almost full bodied, with a creamy, lush mouthfeel and plenty of roasted-nut complexity wrapped around melony fruit. Finishes with lingering oak spice and citrus. Drink now–2016."
Wine Spectator - "A zingy wine, with plenty of green apple, Bartlett pear and lemon-lime flavors that are bright and refreshing, with a crisp acidity surging through. Shows accents of fresh thyme and mineral on the finish. Drink now through 2016. 300 cases imported."
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Kumeu River Winery
Founded in 1949 by Mick Brajkovich, wife Katé and son Maté, Kumeu River was one of the early pioneers in Auckland, New Zealand, that helped to establish its reputation as a world-class wine region. Still family owned and run, Kumeu River continues to pioneer new frontiers: winemaker Michael Brajkovich became New Zealand's first member of the prestigious Institute of Masters of Wine, London, and has been testing and championing screw cap closures for close to 20 years. View all Kumeu River Wines
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A few other New Zealand areas include the region of Auckland, high up on the North Island, Nelson, sitting to the west of Marlborough, and Canterbury, just under Waipara on the South Island. Most wines in New Zealand will come from a designated area and say so on the label.
Notable FactsAuckland was one of the first wine growing regions of the country, but now produces very little of New Zealand's wine. It's pretty wet up there so vineyards are planted in the driest spots possible – reds are most popular here. Nelson is the only region along the west coast of the country, producing Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Canterbury's chilly climate is best suited for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
About New ZealandThe country of New Zealand is about 1000 miles from the coast of Australia. It consists of two long islands, end to end, that are approximately the same length as California. Most of the country's climate is maritime due to the abundant coastline. The northern island is warmer and wetter, while the southern island is cooler and dryer. The most popular grapes of New Zealand are Sauvignon Blanc (made most famous by the bright, crisp wines coming out of Marlborough), Chardonnay and the ever-growing Pinot Noir.
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