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Producers & Wines, New-Zealand

Kumeu River, Kumeu, Auckland :

The estate was founded in 1944 and is now in the hands of the third generation of Brajkovitchs: Michael as winemaker, Milan in the vineyards and Paul looking after sales and all three under the watchful eye of their mother, Mate's widow, Melba. Chardonnay was first planted here in 1979. Other grapes (Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris) are now proving popular and successful, but it is the Chardonnay which put Kumeu River on the map. All the Chardonnay fruit comes from the village of Kumeu, just NW of Auckland, and is either estate-owned or estate-managed. This is a cool area, despite being at the North of New Zealand, and their vineyards are surrounded on three sides by the cooling ocean. The style is as lively, crisp and cool as anything from the New World, and we have seen a great surge of interest for these wines in the last 12 months. There is no extra flesh on the bones of these wines. They are firm and steely with a sharp focus. For the first time recently, we have some Pinot Gris to offer. Dry, but a little broader and more aromatic than Chardonnay. The estate is also working hard on developing and improving its Pinot Noir, and we hope perhaps to be adding this to the next list.

White


Guide Retail Price per case of 6 (£)
KUPIG15B Pinot Gris 2015
112.80
KUVCH16B Village Chardonnay 2016
111.60
KUCHA16B Estate Chardonnay 2016
168.10
KUCHA15B Estate Chardonnay 2015
168.10
KUCHA14B Estate Chardonnay 2014   168.10
KUCHA13H Estate Chardonnay 2013 halves 95.00
KUHUN15H Hunting Hill Chardonnay 2015 halves 129.20
KUHUN14B Hunting Hill Chardonnay 2014
219.20
KUMAT15B Maté's Chardonnay 2015
267.50
KUMAT14B Maté's Chardonnay 2014
249.60

 


Clos Marguerite, Seddon, Marlborough:

Jean-Charles Van Hove and his wife Marguerite bought the land in the Awatere Valley to create this boutique operation in 1998. Jean-Charles, a graduate of Bordeaux University with a particular interest in soil science, worked first in Bordeaux, before moving to New Zealand in 1996. He worked for a number of years as a viticulturalist while planning and planting his own estate.  He is now fully occupied, with Marguerite, in running the estate.

The Domaine, in the French sense of the word, covers 10 hectares. It was planted in 2000 in the Awatere Valley, close to the river, on free-draining gravel over mudstone, with occasional patches of loess.

The winery was built in 2005. Production is small, entirely from the estate's own fruit, with yields of 8 tonnes / hectare - well below average for the area. They follow the ecological principles of the "Sustainable Winegrowing of NZ". In making the Sauvignon, a limited amount of skin contact is employed, a cool fermentation, and then several months on fine lees before bottling at the end of Winter. The 2014 vintage stood up very well when we road tested it with some well-known names from the region, and we admired its rich but understated Marlborough Sauvignon character. We fully expect this wine to make a great impact on the market.

A small quantity of Pinot Noir is also produced which we will look at for future shipments.

White



Guide Retail Price per case of 6 (£)
MASBK16B Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc
2016
110.80
Red




MAPIN12B Marlborough Pinot Noir
2012
152.60

 


Felton Road, Central Otago :

Owner Nigel Greening is now back in the UK for a while, swapping places with his daughter Nicola. The estate was planted in 1992 by the first owner and pioneer in the area, Steward Elms. The vineyards are free draining, and now fully certified Biodynamic, a process begun in 2002. There are three main vineyards, Elms, Calvert and Cornish Point, the latter two now giving their name to two single vineyard Pinots, and the former containing the famous Pinot Blocks: 3 and 5. Pinot production is the main focus here, though Chardonnay and Riesling show off this incomparable terroir and climate. Gentle fruit handling, natural yeast fermentations, hands-off philosophy, top quality oak (only 30% new) and modest yields - the whole operation here oozes class, confidence and competence. This is a reference point for New Zealand, indeed for Pinot Noir worldwide. The appealing sweet fruit notes which seem to typify Central Otago Pinot Noir are present here in abundance. But behind this, the wines have abundant depth and complexity. A vertical tasting a few years back showed just how much development potential the wines have, even though the vast majority of the wines are consumed in early youth. 

White


Guide Retail Price per case of 6 (£)
FRDRI17B Felton Road Dry Riesling 2017 from Nov 190.70
FR1RI17B Felton Road Block 1 Riesling 2017 from Nov 223.80
Red



FRPIN16B Felton Road Bannockburn, Pinot Noir  2016
287.60
FRCPP16B Felton Road Cornish Point, Pinot Noir  2016
335.30
FRPCA16B Felton Road Calvert, Pinot Noir  2016 from Nov 333.10
FRPCA12B Felton Road Calvert, Pinot Noir  2012
271.20
FRPB316B Felton Road Block 3, Pinot Noir 2016
421.30

 


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