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Mate Brajkovich, OBE

27 July 13

27 November 1925 - 28 July 1992

Last Sunday was the 21st anniversary of Mate Brajkovich’s death. Time heals, and 21 years is a long time, but never a day goes by without us thinking of him. His presence is all around us: the property he farmed, the winery he built, the business he nurtured and the family he loved. Regarding everyday decisions I still find myself asking “what would Dad think? What would he do?”, and his example continues to provide inspirational guiding principles to us all.

Our family got together for a commemorative lunch of steak barbecued over manuka embers, something of a specialty of Dad’s, and emulated brilliantly by Paul. Among our own wines we also enjoyed some nicely aged iconic wines from the great regions of France, wines Dad would have delighted in:

Champagne Prelude from Taittinger (his favourite house);

2007 Carillon Puligny-Montrachet Les Referts;

1989 Chateau Magdelaine St Emilion;

1996 Henri Jayer Echezeaux, and

2001 Chateau Climens Barsac.

We raised our glasses and saluted his memory. He would have loved it.

Michael Brajkovich.