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 Village wines represent a level of well crafted wines from the care and attention shown to the Estate and Single Vineyard wines. These wines are made from sustainably grown grapes that are hand harvested, fermented using only wild yeast with extended maturation on yeast lees and bottled in our cellars in Kumeu. Suitable for all occasions and ready to drink now.
The second vintage of Rays Road continues to mark its difference from the Auckland sites. This Hawkes Bay Chardonnay is cool and lightly smoky, with finely etched citrus and white pear getting a slightly saline edge. The palate is cool and mineral, with sappy fruit and a little creaminess in the background. Cool and precise, this is elegant and fine like a Chablis, with crisp acid driving through to a long finish. It is the most approachable wine in the line-up this year.