Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay 2014 (Rv)
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.
It is 21 years since we planted the original vineyard site now known as 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 2009 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 6-8 years and beyond.