Kumeu River Single Vineyard Releases 2019
‘If you have never tried these wines, then it is time you see for yourself what New Zealand is capable of’. NEAL MARTIN
‘If you can taste history, duty, and family pride in a glass, it’s there in the Kumeu River Chardonnays.’ LISA PEROTTI-BROWN, The Wine Advocate
‘In fact, all the wines – the Estate chardonnay plus three single-vineyard bottlings, Coddington, Hunting Hill, and Maté’s, named after Brajkovich’s father – not only mature incredibly slowly but also express remarkably clear, consistent vineyard and vintage character from year to year’ MAX ALLEN, AFR.com
If you are heading north-west out of Auckland you might cast a sideways glance out your window and notice an unassuming winery right there on the highway about 25 minutes into your journey. You will likely pass it off a tourist stop off rather than a serious winery. You know the ones. They make wine, but sell everything from preserves to local handicrafts and ice cream at their cellar door. However, you would be wrong…very wrong. You would have in fact stumbled across Kumeu River, producer of some of the greatest Chardonnays produced in New Zealand.
From this unassuming perch, three generations of the Brajkovich family have played a part in crafting a range of idiosyncratic Chardonnays that balance incredible power and intensity with an unwavering commitment to expression of terroir. I look forward to tasting these wines every vintage because they are some of the very few single vineyard Chardonnays in the southern hemisphere that so clearly express their sites year after year. Coddington; seductive, ripe, rich and mouth-filling. Hunting Hill with its taut frame and signature mineral lining wrapped around a powerful core of fruit, and the tightly wound Maté’s, the most powerful of the three, often coiled and shy upon release before blossoming into a captivating wine with bottle age.
The 2019 releases have seen these wines take another step forward with Michael Brajkovich declaring 2019 ‘an exceptional vintage of unsurpassed quality’ and Cameron Douglas, New Zealand’s first Master Sommelier, commenting on the 2019 Maté’s stating that ‘This is the highest score I have ever awarded a New Zealand Chardonnay – this wine is simply fantastic.’