Kumeu River’s Maté’s Vineyard Chardonnay 2014 was recently served in a blind line-up in London of twenty big name Chardonnays from Burgundy and the best of the new world.
The result was that Kumeu River’s Maté’s Vineyard 2014 from Auckland, New Zealand, was the highest rated of all the New World Wines and beat 8 of the French wines, finishing in third place overall just behind two much more expensive wines!

All twenty wines were served blind in random order and assessed by a group of tasters which included merchants, collectors and critics such as Neal Martin of Vinous (and formerly of the Wine Advocate).

The result
1st place : Chevalier Montrachet 2014 Domaine Leflaive (CHF690/bt inclusive of MWST)
2nd place : Meursault Clos des Ambres 2014 Arnaud Ente (CHF544)
3rd place : Kumeu River Maté’s Vineyard 2014 (CHF50)

Kumeu River was in fact the lowest priced wine in the entire tasting and the competition included the following big name Burgundies:

Meursault Rougeot 2009 Coche-Dury, Montrachet 2014 Marc Colin, Chevalier Montrachet 2014 Leflaive, Le Montrachet 2012 Fontaine Gagnard, Le Montrachet 2011 Marquis de Laguiche, Meursault Clos des Ambres 2014 Arnaud Ente, Meursault 2014 Arnaud Ente, Batard Montrachet 2013 Bernard Moreau

This is another very impressive result for Kumeu River, which is surely one of the world’s finest -and best value – Chardonnays!

Read full tasting report here

Although Kumeu River’s Maté’s Vineyard 2014 is sold out, we do still have stocks of the 2016 vintage at just CHF50/bt. The 2016 is every bit as good as the 2014 and receives the same ratings from both James Suckling (96) and The Wine Advocate (94).