The Brajkovich family have carved out a fine reputation based on their interpretation of the Burgundian varieties grown North of Auckland. There is a strong focus on regionality and single vineyard wines but their entry level ‘Village’ range offer remarkable drinkability and complexity for the price. The Kumeu township is known for nothing except for the Kumeu River vineyards and they are the only property producing quality wines in the region. Michael sources the grapes from vineyard plots within a 5km radius of the winery.
The Village is the entry level but by no means a ‘cheap’ Chardonnay. It is focussed and pure with zesty acidity, restrained tropical fruits and some more savoury oaky/nutty/leesy characters. Clean and refreshing this is a pleasure to drink.
Chardonnay – The grape that you can plant anywhere, in any climate and do anything to and it will still taste like an OK wine. When people hit the sweet spot of site, climate, cropping and winemaking, Chardonnay becomes a magical wine that will age gracefully but charm you at any age. Chardonnays can range from cool climate lean and citrusy to warmer climate tropical and overt. Oak and lees can add flavouring as can malolactic fermentation.