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 AdvocateThe 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 SpectatorTightly 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.