In 1990, Mate Brajkovich reworked and planted Chardonnay vines on the site of the original vineyard that he and his family purchased in 1944. Sadly Mate died in 1992 just months before the first harvest of a wine that has become New Zealand's best loved Chardonnay. Jancis Robinson describes it as 'Pale gold. Quite an opulent nose. I must say the nose made me think involuntarily of some Corton-Charlemagnes. Really precise and mealy with perfect balance. You could already enjoy it but it will surely become even more complex in bottle. Long and satisfying, a wine designed to soothe sore throats. Quite a triumph; easy to see why it's the most expensive in this range.'