Kumeu River ‘Maté’s Vineyard’ Chardonnay 2009

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Northland & Auckland
Review Date : 31-Aug-2011
A tribute to the Brajkovich family patriarch, Mendoza clone fruit from the 2.4 ha ‘Maté's Vineyard' opposite the Kumeu River winery, planted in 1990. Hand-picked, WBP and fully barrel-fermented by indigenous yeasts to 13.5% alc, the wine aged 12 months in 30% new French oak, with 100% MLF. Full, bright, even straw-yellow colour. This has a fresh and intense nose with bright, ripe yellow stonefruits along with minerals and steel. Aromatic layers of citrus fruits, melons, nuts and oak emerge in the glass. The palate has richness, lusciousness, liveliness and power with excellent proportion. A concentrated amalgam of sweetly ripe peaches, citrus fruits and chalky minerals with nutty oak forms base, and is interwoven with excellent crisp acidity. This provides the wine with great drive, line and dimension. The array of nuances that unfold indicates the potential and complexity that will develop over the next 7-8+ years. Match with seafood, poultry, pork and veal. 19.0/20 Aug 2011 RRP $55.99

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