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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 (£)
KUPIG14B Pinot Gris
2014
109.20
KUVCH14B Village Chardonnay
2014
106.80
KUCHA14B Estate Chardonnay
2014
155.10
KUCHA12H Estate Chardonnay
2012 halves 94.50
KUHUN14B Hunting Hill Chardonnay
2014
217.60
KUHUN07B Hunting Hill Chardonnay
2007
196.90
KUCOD12B Coddington Chardonnay
2012
195.00
KUCOD08H Coddington Chardonnay
2008 halves 97.50
KUMAT14B Maté's Chardonnay
2014
247.80
KUMAT10B Maté's Chardonnay
2010
247.80


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 (£)
MASBK15B Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc
2015
107.10
MASBK14B Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc
2014
107.10


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 (£)
FRDRI16B Felton Road Dry Riesling
2016
170.50
Red




FRPIN15B Felton Road Bannockburn, Pinot Noir 
2015
251.00
FRCPP15B Felton Road Cornish Point, Pinot Noir 
2015
291.50
FRCPP14B Felton Road Cornish Point, Pinot Noir 
2014
291.50
FRPCA13B Felton Road Calvert, Pinot Noir 
2013
270.30
FRPCA12B Felton Road Calvert, Pinot Noir 
2012
270.30
FRPB314B Felton Road Block 3, Pinot Noir
2014
365.60
FRPB514B Felton Road Block 5, Pinot Noir
2014
365.60


 

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