Maté’s Vineyard is always the last site picked each year. In 2020, the grapes certainly had the distinctive Mendoza millerandage, giving many small berries along with the normal sized ones, and as a result a wonderfully concentrated palate texture and fruit richness. Although still somewhat shy on the nose coming out of the barrel, with bottle age the full palette of complex aromas and bouquet of this wonderful wine will be gradually and seductively revealed.
‘Kumeu River’ is easily one of the most well recognised wine brands in New Zealand, and for a clear reason. The Brajkovich family story and ‘Kumeu River Wines’ is one that mirrors New Zealand’s rise in the wine industry… coincidence … definitely not. The Brajkovich family emigrated to New Zealand from Croatia in 1937 and began working on vineyards and orchards in the Auckland area until they saved enough money to purchase their own Kumeu property and a small vineyard in 1944. It was here the legend was born.
‘Kumeu River Wines’ now boast 30 hectares of predominantly clay soil vineyards in the area in West Auckland, and while this isn’t near the other viticulture wine hubs of New Zealand, Kumeu’s cool climate and proximity to ocean make it a terroir perfect for making Chardonnay and Pinot Gris – their signature grapes. In 2017 Kumeu finally purchased their first Vineyard outside of the Kumeu area in Hawke’s Bay – another site known for exceptional Chardonnay.
The Brajkovich family have played a key role in raising the New Zealand wine industry’s profile on the international stage, while also garnering outstanding recognition for producing world class wine. They are nationally known as a founding family of New Zealand wine, and the current generation have a well-earned reputation for producing world class Chardonnay that can rival even the best Burgundians in style.
‘Kumeu River’ has an extensive portfolio of Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay with different labels across these varieties. If ever there was going to be a wine that you had to try before you died, we highly recommend letting it be the ‘Kumeu Matés Chardonnay’. This wine could stand up to the best in French wine production, from its mouth watering texture to its incredible fruit flavour profile, you will not be disappointed.
For more information on Kumeu River and their wines, visit their website.