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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"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.