Kumeu River Mate's Vineyard Chardonnay 2022


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Auckland, New Zealand
95 points




Kumeu River, northwest of Auckland is without a doubt NZ’s finest chardonnay producer. Master of Wine and Winemaker Michael Brajkovich has been crafting fine chardonnay at the estate since the 1980s. Handpicked fruit and vigorous selection from the low-yielding vines, whole bunch pressed wild yeasts, a third of the fruit fermented in French oak barriques, and full malolactic fermentation to soften the pristine acidity and add texture and dimension. Not surprising Michael is not shy in comparing his Chardonnays with the great White Burgundies like Domaine Leflaive!

This vintage was exceptional and produced sensational Chardonnay across all our vineyards. Mate’s Vineyard is always the last site we pick each year. In this year, the grapes certainly had the distinctive Mendoza millerandage, giving many small berries along with the normal sized ones, and as a result a wonderfully concentrated palate texture and fruit richness. Although still somewhat shy on the nose coming out of the barrel, with bottle age the full palette of complex aromas and bouquet of this wonderful wine will be gradually and seductively revealed.


95 points
Bob Campbell

Rich, slightly buttery chardonnay with nutty oak and yeast lees flavours together with a saline influence. Intense, appealing wine that is mellow and at the same time has a vibrant undercurrent. It would probably benefit from two to three years bottle age.


Screw cap
Serving Temp.
8-11 °C
Food pairing
Roast chicken with rosemary, garlic potatoes and asparagus with green beans.

Tasting Profile

The aromas are of delicate limes & blossom.
The palate has an excellent intensity of pungent limey fruit overlaid by classic mealy notes.

Kumeu River Mate's Vineyard Chardonnay 2022

Kumeu River Mate's Vineyard Chardonnay 2022
Out of stock

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