Kumeu River 2020 Mate's Vineyard Chardonnay

Pre-Arrival Offer - Shipment October 2021
Kumeu River 2020 Maté's Vineyard Chardonnay is available to buy in increments of 6

Maté's vineyard is the made from the oldest vines on the property planted to the Mendoza Chardonnay clone, and for me this is mostly the reason that this wine is a little more New World-y than the other single vineyard wines. Always fatter and darker with fruit very much in the golden spectrum. The 2020, however, is a little different: not quite as flamboyant as previous years, but the weight is still there. Jancis Robinson likens it to Corton Charlemagne, which I cannot disagree with - the latent power and almond bitterness bring that fantastic vineyard to mind. What it thankfully misses is the hardness and inaccessibility of a young Corton Charlemagne.

"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." Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobinson.com

Grape Varieties

Drink 2024 - 2029+



Size / ABV

Standard Bottle 75cl / 13%

The Producer


Kumeu River

Kumeu River is Noble Grape's favourite producer of Chardonnay from New Zealand, and quite possibly, I would even go as far to say, in the Southern Hemisphere. The winemaker Michael Brajkovich was New Zealand’s first Master of Wine, and one of the country’s leading viticulturists. Kumeu River is located very close to Auckland and makes Chardonnay their speciality. These wines pay homage to Burgundy and it is fair to say that they are almost indistinguishable from their French counterparts, except for their own unique freshness and brightness.

The Country

New Zealand

New Zealand

Brits have fallen in love with the wines of New Zealand. The affair probably has much to do with the colonial heritage, but it also has a great deal to do with the excellent, benchmark wines that are produced here. The story must begin with Sauvignon Blanc, but certainly doesn’t end there. Since the 1970s the region of Marlborough has become the go-to area, perhaps in the world, for bright, crystalline ‘Savs’ which gave the French something to think about. But now, it is becoming as equally famous for its Pinots, which are now beyond just being less expensive alternatives to Burgundy, instead showing regional characteristics, from the dark cherry and spice of Central Otago to the brawn and dried herbs of Martinborough.

A special mention goes to the Chardonnays of Kumeu River of Auckland, as these are some of the most remarkable wines from this variety in the Southern Hemisphere.

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