Kumeu River Maté's Vineyard Chardonnay 2008

Chardonnay Chardonnay
Auckland, New Zealand

$29.90 (204032)

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November 12, 2011

Critic Reviews (4)

David Lawrason
David Lawrason

This is crossover between ripe tropical New World style and leaner Burgundy style. The nose is very complex, the wine...

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John Szabo, MS
John Szabo, MS

An intensely-flavoured, highly mineral, yeasty-leesy example of chardonnay, with character and class well above the...

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Sara d'Amato
Sara d'Amato

Rich, earthy and fat, this Chardonnay from the prestigious Mate's vineyard is lucious and surprisingly over delivers....

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Julian Hitner
Julian Hitner

Funny how it seems that Kumeu River has become one of New Zealand’s premier producers of fine Chardonnay overnight?...

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Community Reviews (2)

Bob Blais
Bob Blais

Lovely straw colour with some greenness to it. Nice citrus , pear notes and nuttiness on the nose. Great depth of flavour and complexity including nuttiness, caramel, pear and citrus while being very fresh. Great length with nice acidity on the finish.

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Edward Rasiulis
Edward Rasiulis

Bright gold in colour with medium+ nose.

Positives: Firstly, I like to point out that this is a big complex chard with 13.5% alcohol. This is not a typo, yes 13.5%, not 14.5% or 15.5%. Still can't believe it & thank you Brajkovich family. On with the notes. Classic chard notes tilting more toward citric flavours with minerality & don't expect it to be really buttery. Pity. Medium to medium+ body, good acidity with long length.

Negatives: Too much alcohol. Oh wait wrong wine lol.

Interesting Point: Don't over chill it as you'll loose all the complexity that this wine has to offer.

Drink now on its own or cellar it for up to 5 years. Pair it with my wife's saffron seared scallops. Really you should try it.

Tasted: 12 Feb 12

Score: 9+/10, Value: 9/10, Total: 18.5/20

Out of 5 stars, I rated this wine: 4.5

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