Kiwi kudos: New Zealand Chardonnay by Jancis Robinson

Kiwi kudos: New Zealand Chardonnay by Jancis Robinson
Last week I was presented with proof of my theory that the white wine grape of which New Zealanders should be most proud is not Sauvignon Blanc but Chardonnay. For the past two decades the country has seen a tidal wave of Sauvignon Blanc that has drenched even the Australian wine market with what Aussies call a Sauvalanche. Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc may have been a huge commercial success but no one could accuse it of subtlety or longevity.

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Kumeu River: White Burgundy in Kiwi Clothing

Kumeu River: White Burgundy in Kiwi Clothing
New Zealand is a genuine New World country because there was hardly any viticulture until pioneers such as Alan Brady, Rolfe Mills and Anne Pinckney began cultivating vines in the 1970s, when nearly all grapes were used for fortified wines. Even then, New Zealand's nascent wine industry did not take off until the 1990s with the explosion of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. These two grape varieties are still synonymous with New Zealand, but of course, the country also makes great Chardonnay.

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Melba Brajkovich, MNZM

Melba Brajkovich, MNZM

Melba has been the backbone and strength behind the Brajkovich Family at Kumeu River Wines since 1958. Originally very much in the background as Mate’s wife and partner in the business, Melba has always kept a watchful eye over the winery, especially when Mate was away on Wine Industry business in his various roles on the Executive Committee of the Wine Institute of New Zealand, including Chairman from 1982-1985. Mate’s contribution to the New Zealand wine sector was recognised through his Fellowship of the Wine Institute of NZ in 1991, and the award of OBE in 1985. Melba was the...

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