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.
2010 is a great example of what Kumeu can achieve; bright, fresh and plush fruit with great structure underneath. There is a fine balance with the acidity and restrained tannins. This wine certainly doesn’t need further cellaring to be lovely drinking but further aging will allow some earthy/mushroomy notes to develop. Drink 2015-2018