Ben says

★★ Great Wine Peach, guava, red apple, sour candied lemon and hay make up the nose with a savoury tinge of sesame and pistachio. Legs stretch up the glass as it swirls around. Its creamy and soft to taste with butter and very ripe peach making up the mid-palate before a lifted, rather elegant finish. This is a great, juicy Chard.

Guerrieri Rizzardi '3 Cru' Amarone della Valpolicella Red Wine


Varietal Chardonnay with 13.5% abv. Fermented and matured in French oak barrels for 11 months, of which 25% is new wood.

Grown in: Auckland, NEW ZEALAND.

Food Pairing

Monkfish – cooked Catalan style with plenty of saffron.

Disclosure & Price

Purchased for list price at Vagabond, Paddington. Find in the UK for circa £48.00 from Ellis Wharton Wines.

Reviewed and tasted: 25/01/2024

Ben Franks Wine Tasting Note Producer Profile

About the Producer

Mate Brajkovic emigrated from Croatia to New Zealand in 1938 and purchased a vineyard with his parents in 1944. His son, Michael, took over in 1982 and has grown Kumeu River into a winery of international acclaim. Michael Brajkovic is today an MW and in 2024 was celebrated as the IMW’s Winemakers’ Winemaker. Kumeu River manages 30 hectares of estate-owned vines, as well as purchasing fruit from a further 10 hectares managed by local growers.