2012 Kumeu River Mate's Chardonnay
Kumeu, New Zealand
Each Kumeu Chardonnay is excellent and the Mate's is no exception. Mate's vineyard was replanted in 1990, so vine age adds terrific depth and concentration to this wine. This vintage has great acidity, a nice minerally finish, and lovely pear and stone fruit flavors.
$49.49 as part of a mixed case.
11+ bottles available.
"This is the 20th vintage we have made of Mate's Vineyard with the low-yielding Mendoza clone Chardonnay and this is the only remaining vineyard we have planted with the Mendoza clone. The vine age and the distinctive characteristics of this clone help give Mate's Vineyard its unique character. 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 2012 vintage has given a wine that 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 6 to 8 years and beyond."
"94+ pts ... The nose on the 2012 Maté’s Vineyard Chardonnay has more intensity and complexity than the 2010: very detailed and harmonious with limestone, nettle and citrus lemon notes. The palate is fresh and poised with lime and green apple, very well-judged acidity with a linear, Chablis-like finish that is an absolute joy. This is an outstanding Maté’s Chardonnay, perhaps the best that Kumeu River produced that year. Drink 2015-2030."
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