Kumeu River - an Auckland pearl
Winemaker Michael Brajkovich MW (centre) was the chair of the judges in the Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2012 , the original impetus for my visit to New Zealand at the end of last year. He whisked me straight off the ferry from Waiheke Island so that he and his brother Paul, marketing director (far right), could accompany me through a vertical tasting of their 2009 and 2010 Chardonnays. My last visit to this West Auckland enclave of excellence was in 2000 and even then I remember being treated to a fine line-up of top-notch Chardonnays. This intensely family company continues to be under the managing directorship of Melba Brajkovich...
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