Robert Parker 94+
The 2015 Mate’s Vineyard Chardonnay is a cracking example of this vineyard/vintage, starting with a youthfully reticent nose of lemon curd, grapefruit juice and peach blossoms with hints of crushed stones, lime leaves and brioche. The medium-bodied palate is tightly wound with an electric backbone of freshness supporting the intense citrus and mineral flavors, finishing with great length. It needs another 3-4 years in bottle to really get into its groove.
Anticipated maturity: 2019-2029
The 2015 Maté’s Vineyard Chardonnay has a more exotic bouquet than the 2014, featuring peach, lemon curd, orange pith and a touch of toffee apple. It is just a little too rich for my liking, although I suspect it will gain more precision with bottle age. The palate is well balanced with a viscous opening. The acidity here is slightly lower than the 2014 although there is decent depth toward the honeyed finish. Very fine, but not a top-drawer Maté’s Vineyard. Tasted at the Kumeu River Chardonnay vertical in London.
Anticipated maturity: 2022-2036