2014 Chardonnay Mate's Vineyard
|Origin||New Zealand, North Island|
Maté's vineyard was the first of the Kumeu River single vineyard wines, first made in 1993. Planted with Mendoza clone, which make very small berries and limited yields. Cool and complete, but for now not as expressive as the Hunting Hill, but very Chardonnay de grande classe! A real sense of luxury, dense and compact, streamlined, linear with no dip toward the long finish. Likely to reward patience. Drinking range: 2018 - 2025 L&S (Sep 2016)
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This top bottling from the oldest vines is a powerful wine wound into a complex yet contained mode. It has plenty of savory hazelnut and biscuit aromas that combine with orange hints and flinty moments in the glass. The palate's fuller than the others, really fleshy and packed with peach flavors. A wine that demonstrates a sense of weight as it heads to the convincing finish. Drink now. Rating: 96-96 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Dec 2016)
The 2014 Mate's Vineyard Chardonnay delivers wonderful intensity with fragrant lemon, orange blossom and grapefruit aromas plus crushed stones, flint, toast and yeast extract hints. Medium-bodied, the palate is filled with vibrant citrus flavours and great acidity, finishing with excellent. Rating: 94-94 Lisa Perrotti-Brown, RobertParker.com (Oct 2016)
(1993 was the first crop for these vines): Pale bright yellow. Sexy spices and perfumed yellow stone fruits, apple and pear on the nose. A step up in musky minerality and briskness from the Estate blend, showing superb energy and tactile lift. More spicy and savory than fruity or sweet. Serious rich but backward Chardonnay with strong lingering salinity and a bone-dry finish. Not giving up much today, and a bit more linear than the 2013 (less concentrated?) but firm and persistent on the aftertaste. Drinking range: 2017 - 2024 Rating: 91 Stephen Tanzer, www.vinousmedia.com (May 2016)
From the pioneering days to the establishment of the New Zealand wine industry to today, the Brajkovich family have been internationally recognised as producing world class wine. The Brajkovich family continue to harvest their grapes at Kumeu and refine their wine making skills.
The Brajkovichs are nationally recognised as a founding family of the New Zealand wine industry, and the current generation are internationally recognised as producing world class Chardonnay.
Just as the Brajkovich family has grown, so too has the winery itself. Extensions and additions mark the milestones that have seen business adapt and expand over the years. Today, the winery produces around 250,000 bottles annually from 30 hectares of its own vineyards in Kumeu, and another 10 hectares from local growers.
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