NZ winery’s gentle touch makes for chardonnays that age beautifully

NZ winery’s gentle touch makes for chardonnays that age beautifully

It’s all about how you handle the grapes, says Kumeu River Wines’ Michael Brajkovich.  Below are snippets of an article, written by Max Allen, that originally appeared on afr.com.  Click here for the full story. I love well-cellared chardonnay. I think the best examples of this great white grape are often drunk before they have a chance to develop all the complexity of flavour that can come with maturity. Look at the shelves of your local bottle-o, or the pages of the wine list in your favourite restaurant: most of the chardonnays will be from the 2018 vintage – or 2017...

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2020 Harvest in Kumeu

2020 Harvest in Kumeu

We have a requirement for Vintage Cellar Hands for the 2020 harvest, commencing early February 2020, and continuing to the end of March or thereabouts. Kumeu River Wines is a small/medium winery processing 400 tonnes. We are premium table wine producers with an international reputation, particularly for Chardonnay. Our vineyards are located in Kumeu and Hawkes Bay, and all of our Vintage winery operations are located at Kumeu. Vintage operations involve shift work of up to 12 hours daily, 5-7 days per week, and include: Grape receival, pressing, crushing. Extensive barrel work: emptying, cleaning, filling. Red wine pumping over, draining...

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The Greatest Kumeu River Tasting, Ever. Farr Vintners, London

The Greatest Kumeu River Tasting, Ever.  Farr Vintners, London

  Paul traveled to the UK recently to release the 2017 Chardonnays, and this included a major vertical tasting at Farr Vintners. In 2015 Farr put together a tasting of Kumeu River against fine white burgundy the results of which were a resounding success for Kumeu River. This time that tasting focused entirely on Chardonnay from Kumeu River with 48 wines from 2006 – 2017 including the Estate, Coddington, Hunting Hill and Mate’s Vineyard Chardonnays. We have done some vertical tastings before over the years but this one was very comprehensive. Farr Vintners seemed the logical choice to hold such...

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