Posts Tagged ‘New Zealand Chardonnay’

New Zealand Chardonnay – The Missing Story

April 6, 2010

Everyone knows the New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc story. Some know the New Zealand Pinot Noir story. A few know the New Zealand Aromatics story.

Most are missing the New Zealand Chardonnay story.

Kumeu River Wines established in 1944 when Mick and Katé Brajkovich and their son Maté first came to the small country settlement of Kumeu, about 20 km northwest of Auckland City.

Still very much a family wine company as son Michael is making a stunning range of wines – including Chardonnay. Brothers Milan and Paul are actively involved in the vineyards and marketing. Sister Marijana is also part of the family business on the finance side. All under the direction of Managing Director Melba Brajkovich.

After studying Oenology at Roseworthy College in South Australia where he was Dux in 1981, Michael Brajkovich returned to the family vineyard and winery in Kumeu to take up responsibility for wine production.

Since then he has travelled extensively through the world’s wine areas and had the opportunity to spend the 1983 vintage in France with the reputed house of Jean Pierre Moueix in Libourne, near Bordeaux. Michael was New Zealand’s first Master of Wine which he achieved in 1989.

It is the Chardonnay that has enjoyed the greatest critical acclaim and success in international markets, particularly in the United States. The “Wine Spectator” magazine has placed Kumeu River Chardonnay in its annual list of the top 100 wines on five occasions. In 1996, the Kumeu River Chardonnay 1994 was ranked at Number 6.

Today, the 2010 Chardonnay is quietly fermenting away. Here is a quick video update on the 2010 harvest at Kumeu River.

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Chardonnay – A New Wine Experience

December 29, 2009

Robert Haynes-Peterson recently wrote a nice piece encouraging wine enthusiasts to revisit Chardonnay and seek out the new modern styles that are emerging from New Zealand and other wine regions.

You can access the full article here.

Ash Ridge Wines Harvest News

March 15, 2009

Chardonnay Ready for Harvest at Ash Ridge Vineyards

Emma Peet from Ash Ridge Wines in Hawkes Bay sent this harvest update from last week. Thanks to Emma.

Friday 13th is known as Black Friday for some, but for Ash Ridge it was anything but black as we harvested 4 tonnes of first crop Chardonnay from Cardoness Vineyard.  The sun was shining as the grapes were hanging golden in the sun.  Within a couple of hours all of the grapes were picked and safely transported to the winery. 

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This wine has a lot of promise as the first year a vine is harvested is generally thought to produce pretty special wine and it’s often an indicator of the quality of fruit to come in future years. We are really excited about this wine and are looking forward to launching our first Ash Ridge Chardonnay for sale later in the year.

 Our Sauvignon Blanc was harvested the previous week and is already fermenting in barrel.  We tend to produce intense flavours in our wines from Ash Ridge vineyard due to the diurnal range of temperatures: from the intense heat of the day to the much cooler nights. 

 So, the whites are in!  But we are still only half way through vintage with all our reds still to pick: Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Malbec.  Let’s hope that  the weather continues to be kind.

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