Kumeu River Crémant NV

Auckland
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£26.95 per bottle
40 in stock

We are so thrilled to finally break the radio silence after strict orders from Michael Brajkovich. This has been incredibly difficult, as we have been privy to their sparkling creation since last year: Only 300 bottles available for the UK market and we are delighted to be allocated 180...

A brilliantly crafted blend of 40% Hunting Hill Pinot Noir, 60% Chardonnay with base wine coming from their superb 2006 Estate Chardonnay. Exuberantly aromatic with a distinct Kumeu nose. Mouth-filling yet delicate, salt-tinged, bright juicy lemon, green apple with bags of charm. I expect this to evolve nicely in bottle (2-3 years). Bottled August 2013 and disgorged May 2016 with 12% alcohol.

Taste & Aroma

Score:94

As with all other Kumeu River wines, this is impeccably composed and elegantly expressed, showing nectarine, acacia, lemon peel and yeasty notes on the nose. The palate is superfine and beautifully weighted with creamy mouthfeel and elegant fruit intensity, wonderfully enhanced by subtle savoury nuances and perfectly pitched acidity. Very long and engaging, and hugely appealing. Grapes were hand harvested, whole bunch pressed, fermented using indigenous yeasts; then secondary fermentation in the bottle with 30 months on lees; disgorged by hand.

Sam Kim

Producer

1944 was an auspicious year for the wine industry in Kumeu, Western Auckland. This is when the Brajkovich family of Croatian extraction bought their eponymous estate, which now makes the most outstanding chardonnays to leave New Zealand, let alone the North Island. A real family affair, all of the founder’s children are involved in some aspect of the business, but winemaking is in the charge of Michael Brajkovich who also has the distinguished achievement of becoming New Zealand’s first Master of Wine. Since taking control of this function in 1982, he has set a benchmark that is yet to be surpassed with five unique expressions of chardonnay that are relatively cheap when compared to Burgundian offerings. These wines are true bargains!

Kumeu River Wines

Region

The Auckland wine region lies at the head of the North Island in New Zealand and is one of the country’s most noted wine regions. Known for its Chardonnays, Merlots and Cabernet Sauvignons.  One of the region’s most successful producers are the Brajkovich family who run the Kumeu River Winery and are responsible for the country’s finest Chardonnays. We have a small selection of this boutique producer's wines available and all come highly recommended.

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