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Kumeu River Chardonnay Mates Vineyard 2013

External Review by Wine Gems @ Perriello's:

Kumeu, Auckland, New ZealandWine Advocate 93+ points!Kumeu River Chardonnay Mat's Vineyard is one of the top wines of New Zealand. Steven Spurrier for Decanter in the UK calls it New Zealand's finest Chardonnay: "Floral tones over superb oak and beautifully structured fruit, this is a great wine in the Burgundian tradition for keeping at least five years." Stephen Bennett, MW, from New Zealand, describes it as "clearly New Zealand's best Chardonnay with a string of outstanding vintages to its name." Indeed, winemaker Michael Brajkovich is himself a Master of Wine (the first Kiwi to achieve this high honor) and he knows how to craft a beautiful white wine gem! Kumeu River Wines was founded in 1944 when Mick and Kat Brajkovich arrived in Kumeu from Dalmatia. Their son Mat planted this new vineyard in 1990 and grapes were first harvested in March 1993, the year after his death. Kumeu is one of the key wine districts of the Auckland wine region in the far northwest of the country. "The 2013 Mate's Vineyard Chardonnay has delicate lime blossom, lemon curd and yuzu with hints of fresh herbs, baker's yeast and chalk dust. Light to medium-bodied and very tightly-knit at this youthful stage, it has fantastic intensity of citrus and mineral flavors with a very long finish."-Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate, 93+ points!Kumeu River Chardonnay Mat's Vineyard is yellow-gold in color with vibrant acidity and a nose of pear, lime, orange and mineral notes. The wine was barrel-fermented in French oak, but the wood is subtle in the Burgundian style. Full-bodied with balanced acidity, it is a velvety Chardonnay with flavors of pears, peaches, citrus, vanilla and hazelnut. It is rich and creamy on the long finish.Enjoy Kumeu River Chardonnay Mat's Vineyard over the next 6-8 years with grilled swordfish, roast chicken, veal and grilled vegetables.

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Kumeu River Wines Ltd:
At Kumeu River Wines our winemaking philosophy is simple. We endeavour to grow grapes of the highest standard and then treat them with respect when we turn them into wine. In this way the potential quality is maximised, and we are able to produce wines that are truly representative of our land. To this end our vineyards are trained on the “Lyre” trellis to optimise their exposure to light and t... Read more
At Kumeu River Wines our winemaking philosophy is simple. We endeavour to grow grapes of the highest standard and then treat them with respect when we turn them into wine. In this way the potential quality is maximised, and we are able to produce wines that are truly representative of our land. To this end our vineyards are trained on the “Lyre” trellis to optimise their exposure to light and therefore the ripeness of the grapes. Yields are kept low to improve the concentration of aromas and flavours in the grapes, and we harvest all of our grapes by hand. This allows us to remove faulty berries in the field so that our quality grapes may arrive at the winery in pristine condition. The white grapes are all whole-bunch pressed, which is time-consuming but gives us the best quality results. The reds are destemmed and crushed gently before being transferred to fermentation tanks. No yeasts are added, as we rely solely on the indigenous yeasts that are present in the vineyard to conduct our fermentations. Oak barrels from France play a significant, but never dominant, role in our “Kumeu River” range of wines. The white wines such as Chardonnay and Sauvignon undergo fermentation in barrels, and the flavour nuances that are derived from this phase are crucial to these fine wine styles. The red wines such as Merlot and Pinot Noir are fermented for a prolonged period in stainless steel tanks, but they are also later matured in oak barrels to promote the development of bouquet and to soften the tannin structure of the palate. These are wines of great flavour intensity and complexity, but also with subtlety and elegance, and the potential to develop with further age. We promote the malo-lactic fermentation in both our red and white wines. This bacterial transformation reduces and softens the acidity, and rounds out and complexes the flavour. The result is a much better acid balance and improved drinkability. It has been said many times that good winemaking is as much an art as a science. At Kumeu River Wines we place great importance on both of these factors. Without sound scientific knowledge, winemaking becomes haphazard and risky. Without art, the wines may be technically sound, but often dull and boring to drink. The Brajkovich Family is committed to ensuring that all of our wines are not only properly and correctly produced, but also possessing characters of aroma and flavour that give our customers a great deal of drinking pleasure. Read less

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Vintage: 2005 03/13/2009

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External Reviews for Kumeu River Chardonnay Mates Vineyard

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Source: Wine Gems @ Perriello's
06/24/2018

Kumeu, Auckland, New ZealandWine Advocate 93+ points!Kumeu River Chardonnay Mat's Vineyard is one of the top wines of New Zealand. Steven Spurrier for Decanter in the UK calls it New Zealand's finest Chardonnay: "Floral tones over superb oak and beautifully structured fruit, this is a great wine in the Burgundian tradition for keeping at least five years." Stephen Bennett, MW, from New Zealand, describes it as "clearly New Zealand's best Chardonnay with a string of outstanding vintages to its name." Indeed, winemaker Michael Brajkovich is himself a Master of Wine (the first Kiwi to achieve this high honor) and he knows how to craft a beautiful white wine gem! Kumeu River Wines was founded in 1944 when Mick and Kat Brajkovich arrived in Kumeu from Dalmatia. Their son Mat planted this new vineyard in 1990 and grapes were first harvested in March 1993, the year after his death. Kumeu is one of the key wine districts of the Auckland wine region in the far northwest of the country. "The 2013 Mate's Vineyard Chardonnay has delicate lime blossom, lemon curd and yuzu with hints of fresh herbs, baker's yeast and chalk dust. Light to medium-bodied and very tightly-knit at this youthful stage, it has fantastic intensity of citrus and mineral flavors with a very long finish."-Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate, 93+ points!Kumeu River Chardonnay Mat's Vineyard is yellow-gold in color with vibrant acidity and a nose of pear, lime, orange and mineral notes. The wine was barrel-fermented in French oak, but the wood is subtle in the Burgundian style. Full-bodied with balanced acidity, it is a velvety Chardonnay with flavors of pears, peaches, citrus, vanilla and hazelnut. It is rich and creamy on the long finish.Enjoy Kumeu River Chardonnay Mat's Vineyard over the next 6-8 years with grilled swordfish, roast chicken, veal and grilled vegetables.


External Review
Vintage: 2010 11/14/2013

Some sweet rich almost honeyed notes (some botrytis) a light toastiness and lots of spice. Reaches so deep across your palate like being probed then lingers for ever. Seems to have more mineral character than the 2009. Dense but no fat. 18/20 (JH) Jancis Robinson.


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Vintage: 2009 03/21/2014

Don t look at the label because you would swear you were drinking a well-crafted Chassagne-Montrachet. Bright golden hue. Aromas of spiced caramelized pears and green apples leads to a palate remarkable for its Burgundian creamy cashew nut flavors. The creamy texture is enrobed by a fine spine of acidity that follows through on the incredibly long finish. This wine has shown consistent potential for further development and this release will evolve admirably for the next 3-5 years. Bring on the grilled lobster and drawn butter! Neil Mechanic.


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Vintage: 2009 03/19/2013

Dont look at the label because you would swear you were drinking a well-crafted Chassagne-Montrachet. Bright, golden hue. Aromas of spiced caramelized pears and green apples leads to a palate remarkable for its Burgundian, creamy cashew nut flavors.... Neil Mechanic. A Chardonnay wine from in New Zealand. 2009 Kumeu River Chardonnay Mates Vineyard 750ml


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Vintage: 2009 06/01/2012

Aromatic, soft and supple, with honey, butterscotch and toasted brioche notes that are as intense as they appear effortless. This delivers plenty of lemon and pear flavors, with a long finish. Drink now through 2016. 1,000 cases made. --MaryAnn Worob... Wine Spectator. A Chardonnay wine from Auckland in New Zealand. 2009 Kumeu River Chardonnay Mates Vineyard 750ml


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Vintage: 2006 10/06/2009

91WS no further case discount


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Vintage: 2006 10/06/2009

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.


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