The Brajkovich family and Kumeu River Wines is a story that parallels the New Zealand wine industry. 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 Brajkovichs are focused on and internationally recognised as producing world class Chardonnay.
Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay 2017
Auckland, on the same latitude as southern Spain, may seem an unlikely location for vineyards capable of making precise, crystalline, slow-burning ripostes to white burgundy, but Kumeu River’s vineyards in the north-western suburbs of the city are cooled by ocean influence from both east and west, and summers can be cloudy. ‘For us 30 ºCelsius (86 ºF) is a really hot day, and as a result the acidity remains high’, according to Michael Brajkovich, Kumeu River’s winemaker – and one of the first non-Brits to qualify as a Master of Wine. – jancis robinson