Kumeu River

Maté's Vineyard Chardonnay

9.2134 ratings
9.247 pro ratings
Kumeu, Auckland, North Island, New Zealand
Chardonnay
Duck, Shellfish, Goose, Mushrooms, Manchego & Parmesan, Game, Pork, Squash & Root Vegetables, Chicken, Turkey, Cheddar & Gruyere, Meaty & Oily Fish, White Fish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Cream Sauces
Top Notes For
Bob McDonald

Medium lemon in colour. An intriguing classy nose showing funky leesy notes, nectarine, cashew nut, flint and gunsmoke - many nuances. Palate staining citric intensity. One of the world’s great new world Chardonnays - no exaggeration. Has become an annual purchase for me. Postscript:: Similar notes to the 2010 vintage 193 weeks ago. This year I bought the “Hunting Hill” and “Coddington” Cuvées for the first time. Will be interesting to see the differences.

Medium lemon in colour. An intriguing classy nose showing funky leesy notes, nectarine, cashew nut, flint and gunsmoke - many nuances. Palate staining citric intensity. One of the world’s great new world Chardonnays - no exaggeration. Has become an annual purchase for me. Postscript:: Similar notes to the 2010 vintage 193 weeks ago. This year I bought the “Hunting Hill” and “Coddington” Cuvées for the first time. Will be interesting to see the differences.

Oct 24th, 2020
Douglas Renall

Great vintage and memories - lovely new oak, balance and length

Great vintage and memories - lovely new oak, balance and length

Dec 25th, 2017
Kathy Morgan

Stunning. Who says wine won't age under Stelvin? 😊

Stunning. Who says wine won't age under Stelvin? 😊

1 person found it helpfulJul 4th, 2014
Adam Plotkin

Notes of smoke and ash. #TexSom

Notes of smoke and ash. #TexSom

Aug 14th, 2016
Sybaritewino C.Lawrence

Big call, but here's to Kumeu River Maté's Vineyard being one of the best #chardonnay in the world! What a #wine! Bright, tight & focused at 8 years of age, with apple blossoms & cinnamon stick followed up by flinty, gun smoke, sun drenched slate tiles, & the faintest whisper of lemon curd on the nose, carrying me away to memories of my youth. Once upon the palate, it boogies to an electrophoretic humming of liquid energy, bringing life, happiness & joy with it. Sapid, sexy acids whirl about playfully, skipping to an extended denouement, combining its components into one, luxuriously wondrous whole. Love it so!

Big call, but here's to Kumeu River Maté's Vineyard being one of the best #chardonnay in the world! What a #wine! Bright, tight & focused at 8 years of age, with apple blossoms & cinnamon stick followed up by flinty, gun smoke, sun drenched slate tiles, & the faintest whisper of lemon curd on the nose, carrying me away to memories of my youth. Once upon the palate, it boogies to an electrophoretic humming of liquid energy, bringing life, happiness & joy with it. Sapid, sexy acids whirl about playfully, skipping to an extended denouement, combining its components into one, luxuriously wondrous whole. Love it so!

Aug 8th, 2016
Harrison Fong

Wow. Just wow. 12 years in a screw cap. Great acidity and balance. Quite delicious.

Wow. Just wow. 12 years in a screw cap. Great acidity and balance. Quite delicious.

Apr 28th, 2016
Michael Shearin

Crazy fresh! Showing spectacularly well after almost 10 years under screw cap. 2006

Crazy fresh! Showing spectacularly well after almost 10 years under screw cap. 2006

Feb 29th, 2016
Tom Kobylarz

Vied for top Chardonnay at #matteroftasteNYC between the Paul Hobbs and the Cullen. About as good as it gets in the new world. Burgundy sensibility meets the new world.

Vied for top Chardonnay at #matteroftasteNYC between the Paul Hobbs and the Cullen. About as good as it gets in the new world. Burgundy sensibility meets the new world.

Feb 22nd, 2016
Mike Steffel

2007 vintage is impressive.

2007 vintage is impressive.

Feb 20th, 2016
Wes Pearson

No finer NZ Chardonnay.

No finer NZ Chardonnay.

Oct 22nd, 2015