Kumeu River Mate's Vineyard Chardonnay 2006
Chardonnay from New Zealand
Mate's Vineyard is always set apart from the other Kumeu River Chardonnays with its lifted, sweet fruit aroma that is akin to pears. On the palate, there is extra concentration and length of flavor. This is certainly a wine that will benefit from bottle aging of four to six years.
The Wine Advocate - "The 2006 Mate's Vineyard Chardonnay has a different take on the vintage: earthier on the nose with hazelnut and butterscotch developing with time. This has the most elegance and harmony of the three single vineyards with just perfect acidity and harmonious, cohesive finish inflected with apricot and white peach. Very refined, this would challenge the superiority of many white Burgundy wines... drink well between 3-10 years."
Wine Spectator - "Tightly wound, with an impressive core of intensity to tangy lemon, nectarine and crushed stone flavors. Oak nuances integrate nicely, with sea salt and vibrant acidity focusing the lingering finish. Best from 2010 through 2015. 1,200 cases made. "
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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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.