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Kumeu River 'Village' Chardonnay 2022
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Wine Enthusiast 93 EDITOR'S CHOICE
“There’s a salivating factor that makes it very appealing to drink now. Bright melon, peach and white florals lead, with the creamier elements tucked neatly behind. There’s a lovely lift of acidity to balance the fruit, oak and lees influence on the palate. An excellent intro to this benchmark producer.” Christina Pickard February 1, 2024

Vineyard Profile
County Composition: Kumeu, Auckland & Hawkes Bay
Size: 14 hectares
Vine Age: Vines planted between 1989-2016

Vinification
100% hand harvested

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Shelf Location — 57b
Size:750mL (wine)
Alcohol by vol:13%
Closure:Screw Cap
Store Item ID:#56798
Location at store:57b
Item Description
Wine Enthusiast 93 EDITOR'S CHOICE
“There’s a salivating factor that makes it very appealing to drink now. Bright melon, peach and white florals lead, with the creamier elements tucked neatly behind. There’s a lovely lift of acidity to balance the fruit, oak and lees influence on the palate. An excellent intro to this benchmark producer.” Christina Pickard February 1, 2024

Vineyard Profile
County Composition: Kumeu, Auckland & Hawkes Bay
Size: 14 hectares
Vine Age: Vines planted between 1989-2016

Vinification
100% hand harvested

100% whole-bunch pressed

Indigenous-yeast fermentation

100% malolactic fermentation

67% stainless steel tank fermentation

33% barrel fermentation (5 year old + French oak barriques)

Technical Information
Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Alcohol: 13%

Tasting Notes
This wine is made from grapes grown in Kumeu and Hawkes Bay. It was fermented in a mix of old French oak barriques (33%) and stainless steel tanks (67%). The barrel fermentation adds some richness but little oak flavor, while the tank fermentation allows the vibrant fruit to shine through.

The wine has lively lime and lemon aromas, a flinty, mineral edge, and hints of fig and white peach. The 2022 Vintage was another good year, with Hawkes Bay fruit making up 55% of the final blend. Our own Rays Road vineyard provided fruit for the blend, giving the wine an extra limestone edge. The mid-palate is weighty with peachy ripeness and crisp acidity that gives the wine a refreshing, cleansing quality. This wine is enjoyable as an aperitif, and even better when paired with fish and shellfish.
About Kumeu River Estate
History

Emigrants from Dalmatia

The story of Kumeu River Wines unfolds more than a half-century ago when the first generation of the Brajkovich family arrived in New Zealand. In 1938, Maté Brajkovich emigrated with his mother, Katé, and two sisters, Frances and Nevenka, from Dalmatia in southwestern Croatia to New Zealand. His father, Mick, had already been there for a year, working in the northern Kauri gum fields. After three years of public education during which time he learned English, Maté left school and joined his father digging Kauri gum. Two years later, the family moved to a dairy farm, then to Henderson in West Auckland where they worked in the orchards and vineyards. By 1944, they had saved enough money to purchase land in Kumeu.

Becoming Winemakers

Although there was a small vineyard already in production on their new property, the main activity was mixed farming; so for the first few years, Mick, Katé and Maté grew fruits and vegetables and raised dairy cows. In Dalmatia, many families made wine for their own use from their own vines; it seemed only natural to do the same in New Zealand. The land was so well-suited for wine grapes that wine production in Kumeu far exceeded home consumption, and the Brajkovichs started making wine commercially. Although Mick died in 1949, Maté and Katé continued to run the family business which became known as San Marino Vineyards. They produced dry red table wine in the style that was preferred for everyday drinking back in Europe, which soon gained popularity among the literary and university circles of Auckland.

A Family Legacy Begins

In 1957, Maté met his wife, Melba Sutich, whose grandparents had also immigrated to New Zealand from Croatia. Maté and Melba were married in 1958, and as the vineyard and winery expanded, so did the family. Michael was born in 1960, followed by Marijana in 1961, Milan in 1963 and Paul in 1967. For the children, being brought up around the winery established a strong foundation of industry knowledge and skill that would take the winery to a new level of success in years to come.

Kumeu River: A New Name, A New Era

1979 was a watershed year for Kumeu River, when the Brajkovichs moved away from hybrid varieties used for the production of fortified and basic red and white wines to the now-common -- but then-unusual -- varieties such as Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Merlot. As Michael, Milan and Paul became more involved in the family business in the 1980s, the Brajkovichs continued to focus on quality and reputation; the winery changed its name to Kumeu River Wines in 1986 and began making a Burgundy-influenced style of Chardonnay that featured indigenous yeasts, extended lees aging and malolactic fermentation. The result has been a series of wines that are innovative, distinctive and unique in both style and quality for New Zealand. Today, Kumeu River produces 250,000 bottles annually from 30 hectares (74 acres) of estate vineyards in Kumeu, and another 10 hectares (24.7 acres) from local growers.
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