Kumeu River Melba 1998

Red Blends from New Zealand

Item No. 12509
  • red wine
  • WE90
  • WS87

Winemaker's Notes

As with all of our Kumeu River wines this premium blended red wine was produced from grapes grown exclusively in the Kumeu region. 1998 was a stunning vintage in Kumeu, following a warm and dry summer, and with a much lower than normal yield. All of the red varieties produced wonderfully ripe fruit with intense, concentrated and persistent flavours. The blend of our best parcels of Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc gave us a wine which is quite exceptional and truly representative of our best individual vineyard sites. It is a wine that displays raciness, rusticity and power, tempered by elegance. It has concentration, complexity and length of flavour and is exactly this synergistic, blended style of wine that we aim to achieve. Rather than just concentrating on the single varieties and their respective aromas and flavours, we would rather combine integrate the complementary variety of characters of these three grapes so that the resultant integrated whole wine has a character and a quality that is greater than the sum of its parts.

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Founded in 1949 by Mick Brajkovich, wife Katé and son Maté, Kumeu River was one of the early pioneers in Auckland, New Zealand, that helped to establish its reputation as a world-class wine region. Still family owned and run, Kumeu River continues to pioneer new frontiers: winemaker Michael Brajkovich became New Zealand's first member of the prestigious Institute of Masters of Wine, London, and has been testing and championing screw cap closures for close to 20 years.

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A few other New Zealand areas include the region of Auckland, high up on the North Island, Nelson, sitting to the west of Marlborough, and Canterbury, just under Waipara on the South Island. Most wines in New Zealand will come from a designated area and say so on the label. Notable Facts Auckland was one of the first wine growing regions of the country, but now produces...

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Other Red Red wines are certainly not limited to Cabernet and Pinot Noir - or even Nebbiolo and Grenache. There are a multitude of grape varieties throughout the world, however, in a Darwinian sense, survival of the fittest only brings us wines made from grapes that can adapt to changing climates and winemaking techniques. Notable Facts Our other red wines primarily consists of...

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