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New Zealand Whites: The State of Play

BY REBECCA GIBB MW | NOVEMBER 10, 2020

New Zealand Chardonnay virtuosos Kumeu River also have an interest in Hawke’s Bay since buying a vineyard in 2017 to add to its Auckland estate. Rising property prices in the country’s biggest city and urban sprawl meant expansion in Kumeu was no longer viable. Their focus on Chardonnay on the warmer North Island and early flowering meant that the Auckland fruit was safely in the winery before lockdown hit and while the 2019s have just been released, winemaker Michael Brajkovich MW suggests the best may be yet to come:“2019 was fabulous then 2020 came along and was better. They are so balanced in barrel already.”

 

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11/10/20
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New Zealand Whites: The State of Play