Quite a concentrated chardonnay with lime, citrus, hazelnut, bran biscuit and a suggestion of tropical fruits, mango and pineapple. A weighty wine with impressive length and complexity. Good now but will obviously respond well to bottle-age.
96 points, Bob Campbell MW (August 2017)
This great Chardonnay is just beginning to give its best. Cool and very fresh with lemon-blossom and lemon-curd character, married to considerable richness and animating acidity, this proves that New Zealand can play in the global Chardonnay first league. Super fresh finish. Drink or hold.
95 points, James Suckling
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.
95+ points, Gary Walsh (December 2017)
This has some of the mineral, struck-flint aromatics of the 2016 Hunting Hill, but combined with rich, ripe-smelling peach, stone fruit and hazelnut nuances. A rich, intense, lively wine, which combines refinement and intensity, body and finesse. A benchmark chardonnay.
96 points, Huon Hooke (August 2018)
More oak and artifact than the same year's Hunting Hill, with some sulfides. The wine is savoury, soft and dry, with a firmly appetising aftertaste, thanks at least partly to tannins. A bigger, richer wine and some oak dryness is evident on the finish.
96 points, Huon Hooke (January 2019)
Maté's is usually the tightest, most linear of the KR Chards, and that's again the case. The 2016 Mate's Vineyard Chardonnay is marked by smoky new oak, but there's also pineapple and grapefruit notes that create a crisp, acidic spine. Draped off of that are hints of white peaches, roasted hazelnuts and tangerine. There's an almost briny zestiness to the lingering finish that sets it apart from the winery's other single-vineyard bottlings.
94 points, Joe Czerwinski (March 2018)