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March 25, 2013 | 1:00 PM

Harvest has started in New Zealand, and Michael Brajkovich, winemaker at Kumeu River Wines, has provided the following comments on the vintage:

“This growing season has been just about perfect for ripening grapes, and it has been particularly warm and dry. However, we suffered a severe frost on September 19 last year which has reduced the yield dramatically. We will have well less than half of our usual crop of Chardonnay, and even less than in 2010 when we were similarly affected by a spring frost. So far we have picked some of the vineyards that go into the Estate Chardonnay, and all of the Hunting Hill. The fruit quality has been uniformly exceptional, with beautiful color and ripeness, but still with a fine line of edgy acidity."


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