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From the pioneering days to the establishment of the New Zealand wine industry to today, the Brajkovich family have been internationally recognised as producing world class wine. The Brajkovich family continue to harvest their grapes at Kumeu and refine their wine making skills. The Brajkovichs are nationally recognised as a founding family of the New Zealand wine industry, and the current generation are internationally recognised as producing world class Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

The Mate’s Vineyard is usually the most reserved and unyielding when young with a nose that is very closed, just giving hints of the golden queen peach and mineral notes that we expect from Mate’s Vineyard. On the palate however, the flavour is very concentrated and distinctly richer than the other 2016 wines, but maintaining a perfect balance and freshness that sets this wine apart and makes it wonderful. This is a wine of immense concentration that will be very long lived.

There’s plenty of white Burgundy around this wine, which is the sort of thing I don’t usually like to say, but there you have it. Struck match, spice, white flowers, oatmeal and cream, rich Chardonnay fruit. Medium bodied, glossy but flinty with it, lime acidity and biscuits, tang and vigour and a very long finish. Beautiful. Tasted: Dec 17; Alcohol: 13.5%; Price: $70; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2018-2024; Rated: 95+ Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front



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