2009 Kumeu River "Mate's" Chardonnay Kumeu River New Zealand (Elsewhere $50)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2009 Mate’s Vineyard Chardonnay has a beautifully expressive and complex nose already, with notes of ripe apples, white peaches, butterscotch and pineapple over savory undertones of croissant, crushed nuts and yeast extract plus a whiff of struck match and wet pebbles. Medium bodied with a beautiful satiny quality to the texture, the fruit remains a bit tight though very concentrated with crisp acid to enliven and a long layered finish. Consider drinking it 2013 to 2019+. (94+)
This is a little phenolic with lemon rind and hints of cream and apple. Some would call it tannic. Full and fruity nougat with lovely savory and ripe fruit character. Layered and beautiful. Corton-Charlemagne. Shows a salty undertone.
Aromatic, soft and supple, with honey, butterscotch and toasted brioche notes that are as intense as they appear effortless. This delivers plenty of lemon and pear flavors, with a long finish. Drink now through 2016. 1,000 cases made. –MW
Incredible single vineyard Chardonnay from one of New Zealand's most highly regarded estates. Easily comparable in style and quality to fine white Burgundy. I normally compare their flavor profile most closely with wines from the famed village of Meursault.