The story of Kumeu River Wines began in the 1930s, with the first generation of the Brajkovich family to arrive in New Zealand from Croatia. After a few years of working in the gum fields, the family moved to Henderson in West Auckland, where Mick, Katé, and son Maté worked in local vineyards and orchards, eventually purchasing what would become Kumeu River Wines in 1944. Today, the winery is one of New Zealand’s best and the Brajkovichs are internationally recognized for their world-class wines, such as this barrel-fermented Chardonnay. The wine opens with fragrance of smoked cashew, orchard fruit, peach and pineapple. On the palate, the wine is bright, full-bodied, and supple, with delicate creaminess and a long, luscious finish. Drink now with risotto, pasta primavera, and fish, or cellar for up to 6 years.