KUMEU RIVER 'ESTATE'
|Origin||New Zealand, North Island|
2019 was a stellar vintage here in New Zealand's North Island. Tasted directly after the Kumeu Village wine, this is almost flirty in comparison. Much more attractive and effusive on the nose. More texture. Great bright lines. Apple and tart peach. Multi layered and generous but fine lines as well. They say 'best ever' - and on the basis of this tasting we cannot argue! Incredibly good. L&S (Aug 2020)
*Case price discount: Mix any 12 bottles (or 9l equivalent) of wine or 6 bottles of Champagne, Spirits, Sweet Wine or Fortified to get the 'case price' for each bottle.
The other producer that never puts a chardonnay foot wrong is Michael Brajkovich of Kumeu River, from a spot just north of Auckland on the north island. Even his 2019 Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay is a stone-fruited joy.Jane MacQuitty, The Times (Apr 2021)
This vintage punches well above its weight division with such complex and expertly curated style. Peach, nectarine, lemon and grapefruit aromas with flinty and pithy allure. The palate has a core of intense peach and citrus flavors with driving mineral and stony undertow to the long, fresh finish. Stunning value here. Drink or hold. Screw cap. Rating: 94 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Jan 2021)
The estate Chardonnay is a blend of six different vineyards with approximately 20% fermented in new oak barrels. Texturally, this cuvée offers a sense of flow; it is relaxed in its own skin but provides welcome tension on the precise finish thanks to a line of firm acidity that will leave you smacking your lips. The 20% new oak is well integrated, contributing delicate nougat flavors, and allowing the subtle nectarine and honeydew melon flavors to shine on the medium-length finish. Drinking range: 2020 - 2024 Rating: 91 Rebecca Gibb MW - Vinous.com (Nov 2020)
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.
Just as the Brajkovich family has grown, so too has the winery itself. Extensions and additions mark the milestones that have seen business adapt and expand over the years. Today, the winery produces around 250,000 bottles annually from 30 hectares of its own vineyards in Kumeu, and another 10 hectares from local growers.
Predictably this summer is looking as unpredictable as ever, so we have put together a mixed case to cover all bases: Hydropathe rosé for when the sun does decide to come out, Delaporte Sancerre to match the summer vegetable dishes and Kumeu River ‘Estate’ Chardonnay for the richer meals. As for the reds we have Bilbo from La Réserve d'O for the cooler, drizzlier days and finally the Mourvèdre from Michael Klouda the perfect match for barbecue.
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