2018 Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay

2018 Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay

4.5 Stars John Caro
2018 Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay
4.5 Stars John Caro

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Superb: weighty stone fruit and citrus fruits in a fine, fresh and seamless style. Every producer compares their Chardonnay to Burgundy but the 2012 of this local classic, by the family's second-generation legend Michael Brakjovich MW, was blind tasted next to top Meursault and Montrachet by an international panel including Jancis Robinson and was judged...first! Yes, you read correctly: even this standard estate Chardonnay is literally world class. But here in New Zealand we already knew that. A terribly complete and stylish wine, for the table or cellar.

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$30.99 in mixed 6+ or $34.99 per bottle




Its Origins

In 1938 Maté Brajkovich arrived in New Zealand with his parents, who settled in Kumeu and in 1944 bought a small vineyard which would later become Kumeu River wines. For a few decades Maté mostly made simple fortified and sparkling wines. It wasn't until 1982 however, when Matés son Michael took over, that the wines would really start to turn heads. Michael and his siblings began to transform the vineyard and vinification practices to more considered, traditional ways, with hand harvesting, improved drainage, judicious use of oak and only using the wild yeast present in the vineyard to bring a sharper definition of terroir into the wines. Matés vineyard is the original land bought in 1944, re-planted by Maté just before his death with low-yielding Mendoza clone Chardonnay in 1990.

What The Critics Say

Winemaker notes on current vintage

"The 2018 vintage was warm but with some weather episodes during harvest. This made hand harvesting crucial in maintaining the standard of the Estate Chardonnay that we have set for this wine. The nose shows the ripe peach and nutty character that we expect to see from the Estate Chardonnay. The texture supple and with a beautiful bracing acidity on the finish. The wine is delicious now and will provide beautiful drinking over the next 6 years."

93/100 Huon Hooke (2017 vintage)

"Rich, spicy nose with a good helping of toasty oak, the palate more intense and full-bodied than the Village, with real chardonnay generosity and impact. A nice touch of matchstick while the fruit is tight and focused and really sings on the palate. Long finish. Wonderful line and length 07 AUG 201."

4.5 Stars Michael Cooper (2017 vintage)

"Grown at Kumeu, in West Auckland, it is powerful, with rich, beautifully interwoven flavours and a seductively creamy texture, but also has good acid spine. The key to its quality lies in the vineyards, says winemaker Michael Brajkovich: 'We manage to get the grapes very ripe.' Grown in several blocks around Kumeu, hand-picked, fermented with indigenous yeasts and lees-aged (with weekly or twice-weekly lees-stirring) in Burgundy oak barriques (typically 25 per cent new), the wine normally undergoes a full, softening malolactic fermentation. The 2017 vintage (4.5*) is drinking well in its youth. Light lemon/green, it is fragrant, full-bodied and sweet-fruited, with generous, citrusy, peachy, slightly toasty flavours, showing good complexity and harmony.

Stats & Food Matching

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  • Region

    Auckland & Waiheke Island

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  • Maturity

    2019 - 2029

This Wine Goes Well With

with PORK



Delivery & Returns

We deliver throughout New Zealand and to some locations overseas. Our deliveries are made by trusted third party carriers. For further details on prices and delivery options please go to DELIVERY INFORMATION section of our site.

If for any reason you are not entirely happy with your order or you suspect that they may be affected by a quality issue, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will remedy the problem straight away. Contact us on 0800 422 767.


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