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Kumeu River Brajkovich Kumeu Merlot

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Kumeu River Brajkovich Kumeu Merlot

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Michael Cooper (1999 Vintage) says
Grown at Kumeu River and matured for nine months in old French oak barrels, Kumeu River River's wine is typically spicy, berryish and firm. The 1999 is fresh and lively, with sweet fruit characters, buoyant plum/spice flavours of very good depth and a slightly chocolatey richness. It's worth short-term cellaring.
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Michael Cooper (1998 Vintage) says
Estate-grown at Kumeu and matured for a year in old French oak barrels, Kumeu River's wine is typically spicy, berryish and firm. From a year in which the flagship Kumeu River Merlot Cabernet was not made, the 1997 vintage is a blend of Merlot (85 per cent) and Cabernet Franc (15 per cent). It's a savoury, plummy, faintly herbal wine with a slight lack of fruit sweetness, but plenty of smooth, spicy flavour. The 1998 is promisingly full-coloured, with blackcurrant-like, spicy, meaty flavours. It's a less vibrantly fruity style than Hawke's Bay Merlots, but more earthy and savoury, with enough tannin to keep things interesting. Drink 2000-01.
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Michael Cooper (1997 Vintage) says
Estate-grown at Kumeu and matured for a year in old French oak barrels, Kumeu River's wine is typically spicy, berryish and firm. From a year in which the flagship Kumeu River Merlot Cabernet was not made, the 1997 vintage is a blend of Merlot (85 per cent) and Cabernet Franc (15 per cent). It's a savoury, plummy, faintly herbal wine with a slight lack of fruit sweetness, but plenty of smooth, spicy flavour. The 1998 is promisingly full-coloured, with blackcurrant-like, spicy, meaty flavours. It's a less vibrantly fruity style than Hawke's Bay Merlots, but more earthy and savoury, with enough tannin to keep things interesting. Drink 2000-01.
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