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.
The 2018 Village Pinot Noir is made entirely from Hawke’s Bay fruit—no Kumeu Pinot Noir was even picked because of the rain that pelted down in that region. It’s light ruby in colour, with pretty floral notes alongside hints of raspberry and strawberry. Light to medium in body, it’s a silky-textured, red-fruited charmer with decent length. [89 points, Joe Czerwinski – February 2019, robertparker.com]