100 points from Nick Stock of James Suckling - "perfect Chardonnay." The Brajkovich family believe this is the highest quality fruit they have ever harvested from this site and unlike its neighbour, Hunting Hill, this is already revealing its grandeur, with ample mouth-filling apricot fruit, zesty acidity, hints of spice and succulent palate. Jancis Robinson compares it to Corton-Charlemagne whilst Matthew Jukes cites :"Maté’s is sublime in 2020 ... what a wine." . Buy now and drink over the next decade or more. Max 6 bottles.
"If you have never tried these wines, then it is time you see for yourself what New Zealand is capable." Neal Martin, Vinous. Kumeu River is considered unanimously to be New Zealand's top Chardonnay producer, and having sold their wines on and off for over 15 years, we are over the moon to have secured a parcel of their outstanding 2020s. Estabalished in the 50s just 20kms north of Auckland, for several decades now the Brajkovich family have fashioned Burgundy-inspired wines that rival their finest old world counterparts - silky, complex, tantalising wines that have gained the favour of just about every wine journalist and MW worth their salt.
FROM THE PRESS
“The Chardonnay Mate's Vineyard, appears to have gone on a yoga retreat in 2020: not only is its usual powerful self, but it's remarkably zen too, exuding a sense of calmness. It is full-bodied, round and offers fruit ripeness, but the propensity of the Mendoza clone to hen-and-chicks means that it retains a sense of nerve, with powerful citrusy acidity providing the needle that pulls a tight thread through this wine's core. The 2020 is still far too young, and it is aromatically shy, but even in its full mature glory, it won't exhibit aromatic fireworks – nor should it. This is Chardonnay. Okay, you might detect lemon and limes, white flowers and just-ripe white nectarine, with 30% new oak imbuing an additional layer of savoriness, but when it comes down to it, this wine's trump card is in its shape, texture and persistence. Drink 2023-2035, 97 points.”Rebecca Gibb MW, Vinous
“Pale gold. Quite an opulent nose. I must say the nose made me think involuntarily of some Corton-Charlemagnes. Really precise and mealy with perfect balance. You could already enjoy it but it will surely become even more complex in bottle. Long and satisfying, a wine designed to soothe sore throats. Quite a triumph; easy to see why it's the most expensive in this range. Drink 2021-2028”Jancis Robinson MW