92 Points - The Wine Advocate
“The 2015 Estate Chardonnay is more open knit and less taut than the single vineyard wines, with an expressive nose of ripe nectarines, pink grapefruit and guava, plus underlying notes of baking bread and ginger. Medium bodied, it offers richness and good depth in the mouth with an approachable, refreshing backbone and great harmony.” - Lisa Perrotti Brown
Kumeu River is a true old world meets new world wine story. The Brajkovich family brought winemaking knowledge from Croatia to New Zealand’s capital and became a founding family of the country’s wine industry.
Their son, Michael, really developed the true potential of the vineyard when he took over in 1982. Michael was the first New Zealander to become a Master of Wine and he used his skills and knowledge to improve the quality of the fruit through better drainage systems and introducing the Lyre trellis system (training the vines to grow upwards, rather than hanging down). The Chardonnay wines of Kumeu River are regarded as some of the best in the world and the vineyard has become the benchmark for non-Burgundy produced Chardonnay.