Kumeu River `Maté's Vineyard` Chardonnay 2011 (12 x 750mL), Auckland, NZ.

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In 1990, Maté Brajkovich reworked the land and planted a new vineyard of Chardonnay vines on the site of the original vineyard that he and his family purchased in March 1944. The first grapes from this vineyard were harvested in March 1993, the year following Maté’s death. The resulting wine was released in November 1994 to coincide with celebrations marking the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Brajkovich Family’s arrival at Kumeu River.

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Expert Reviews

"The flagship Kumeu chardonnay delivers Montrachet-like richness and deep complexity. The weight is staggering but the poise and balance makes it all seem effortless. Ripe peach and pear, citrus and gently toasty oak, with chalk and nougat, too. The palate has terrific concentration and impressive layering and build, crescendos with impressive energy and then fades with sizzling acidity holding it in place, with a grilled-hazelnut finish." Rating 97 - James Suckling.com

The 2011 Mate’s Vineyard Chardonnay exudes gorgeous aromas of honeysuckle, grapefruit essence and peach kernels along with an undercurrent of beeswax, cedar, preserved ginger and jasmine. The elegantly styled, medium-bodied palate offers a great concentration of taut fruit, creamy and toasty layers alongside a well-placed line of uplifting acid to carry it to a long, lively and mineral-laced finish. Drink it 2014 to 2022+. Rating 94 - Drink to 2022, Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, eRobertParker.com (OCT/2013)

Winery Tasting Notes


This vineyard has always displayed a lifted fruit aroma reminiscent of ripe pears, but with a mineral edge.


The palate is always long and concentrated. The wine shows the complexity and concentration we expect from this vineyard with great tautness and length on the palate.


This will evolve beautifully over the next six to eight years and beyond.

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At Kumeu River wines, our winemaking philosophy can be summarised in a single word. Quality. From the vines to the wineglass, every drop of Kumeu River wine is a blend of tradition, innovation, and dedication to both the science and the art and of winemaking.

Kumeu River's Chardonnays are our most recognised wine and have received international accolades and awards. We have invested heavily in the development of our Chardonnays over the past three decades, and it is very rewarding to see them continue to gain recognition and respect from highly regarded wine judges and reviewers.

An important part of the winemaking process of our best Chardonnays is barrel fermentation in a blend of new and old French oak barrels. This process draws out the flavour nuances that are so crucial to these fine wine styles. Only indigenous wild yeasts are used to further enhance the texture and complexity and this is also the case with our tank fermented Chardonnays and Pinot Gris.

Pinot Noir and Merlot are initially fermented with wild yeast for an extended period in stainless steel tanks before being matured in oak barrels to enhance the development of bouquet and soften the tannin structure of the palate.

Although always common in red wines, malolactic fermentation was not usually practiced in white wine making 30 years ago. Michael Brajkovich introduced this style of fermentation in the early 1980's. It is a natural process which biologically reduces wine acidity and complexes the flavour. The result is a much better acid balance and improved drinkability. Winemaking has been a part of the Brajkovich family history for more than half a century. Our winery has evolved over this time to produce a range of varieties that are reflective of the natural attributes of our land and also our family's dedication to producing wines of quality and value. We trust that you'll enjoy drinking our wines as much as we enjoy making them!

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