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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.
"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+.
The Wine Advocate
"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."
"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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