New Zealand’s Master of Chardonnay
“Michael Brajkovich may well be New Zealand’s first Master of Wine, but he is first and foremost the Master of Chardonnay.
“Few winemakers are as duplicitously obsessed with the science and the enjoyment of great chardonnay as Brajkovich. His ability to make this pungently expressive, captivating
and delicious white juice at Kumeu River Wines is a thing of wonder. The fact that he does it year on year is akin to a vinous miracle.
“Of course he has both his mother (and commander) Melba and his late-father Mate to thank. It was their vision to plant chardonnay in Kumeu and their persistence that
established its reputation for greatness upon which all four siblings—Michael, Paul, Milan and Marijana—stand tall upon today. And tall they are!
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