Daily Wine 9/7/2017

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Fragrant lemon and citrus blossoms on the nose and clean, crisp flavors of green and yellow apples, minerality, and subtle textures.

Daily Wine 9/7/17:

Kumeu River – Hunting Hill – Chardonnay – Kumeu – 2016

  • This wine is 100% Chardonnay from the Kumeu Subregion of Auckland on the North Island of New Zealand.
  • Chardonnay (62 hectares) is the most densely planted varietal in Auckland, followed by Merlot, Syrah, and Pinot Gris.
  • Auckland sits on volcanic soils, layered sandstone, mudstone, and heavy clays.
  • Hunting Hill is a vineyard that was first planted in 1982 and occupies a slope that overlooks Maté’s Vineyard. It was replanted in 2000 and provides consistently ripe fruits with distinctive, mealy minerality. This is the closest a New Zealand Chardonnay will get to white Burgundy.
  • The winemaker is Michael Brajkovich and he is a Master of Wine.
  • Grapes are hand harvested and whole-bunch pressed. The fermentation is  done completely in barrels with indigenous yeasts.
  • This wine undergoes 100% Malolactic fermentation and matures for 11 months in barrel.
  • The Brajkovich family came to New Zealand from Croatia in 1937 and went on to be a founding family of the New Zealand wine industry.
  • The winery changed its name and focus in the 1980s from San Marino Vineyards to Kumeu River. San Marino was founded in 1944.
  • Today, the winery produces around 250,000 bottles annually from 30 hectares of estate vineyards. They also source from 10 more hectares from local growers.
  • Melba, Michael, Marijana, Milan, and Paul lead the team today.
  • Pair this with fresh pasta with a cream-based sauce and bound salads.

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