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.
Kumeu River’s 2018 Sauvignon Blanc comes from a vineyard in Hawke’s Bay originally developed as a partnership between Trinity Hill and the Jolivet family of the Loire. It’s made from handpicked fruit that was fermented with indigenous yeast and aged (briefly) in stainless steel. Nectarine and pink grapefruit notes mark the nose, while the medium-bodied palate boasts a silky texture, then finishes crisp and tangy, with hints of lime and fresh herbs. [90 points, Joe Czerwinski – February 2019, robertparker.com]