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. Kumeu River Wines encompasses 30 hectares of vineyards, which are predominantly clay soils overlying a sandstone base. Despite being situated well north of New Zealand’s other viticultural regions, Kumeu’s climate is kept cool thanks to its close proximity to the Tasman Sea, just 20km to the west and the Pacific Ocean 30km to the east.
Always the longest lived of the Kumeu River Chards, the 2017 Mate’s Vineyard Chardonnay starts off smoky and flinty, marked by zesty grapefruit and lime fruit. It’s medium to full-bodied yet tightly coiled, with great energy, thrust and vitality, which translate into tremendous length on the electric finish. [95 Points, Joe Czerwinski – February 2019, robertparker.com]