Fine wines produced by exceptional estates, many of them family-owned.
North Island :: New Zealand
The story of Kumeu River Wines began to unfold in 1937 with the first generation of the Brajkovich family to arrive in New Zealand; Mick and Katé and their three children, daughters Franka and Nevenka, and son Maté.
After a few years of working in the gumfields of the far north, the family moved to Henderson in West Auckland where Mick, Katé, and Maté worked in local vineyards and orchards. By 1944, they had saved enough money to purchase a Kumeu property with a small vineyard, which became known as San Marino Vineyards.
In 1957, Maté met his wife, Melba, whose grandparents had also immigrated to New Zealand from Croatia. During the 1960’s the couple had four children Michael, Marijana, Milan and Paul.
It was the late 1970’s and early 1980’s that saw a marked evolution in the style and direction of the winery. In 1979 the winery moved away from the hybrids used for the production of fortified and basic table wines to varieties such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Merlot.
During the 1980’s Michael, Milan, and Paul became more involved in the business and the winery took on a new focus; quality and reputation. The winery changed its name to Kumeu River Wines and began producing a Burgundy-influenced style of Chardonnay that featured indigenous yeasts, extended lees aging, and malolactic fermentation.
Chardonnay. Drawn from six different vineyard sites in the Kumeu Region. We are particularly careful in selecting only the very best grapes from these vineyards for our Kumeu River Estate label. Winemaker is Michael Brajkovich M.W.
Indigenous yeast fermentation
100% barrel fermentation
100% malo-lactic fermentation
11 months maturation in barrel
Displays the “golden queen” peach and honey characters combined with the hint of hazelnut typical of this wine.
The rich silky texture and length of flavour are distinct characteristics that we expect to see from the Estate Chardonnay. This is a wine that is undoubtedly delicious to drink now but experience with vintages such as this also indicates that the wine will benefit from bottle age of 2 to 5 years.