Kumeu River Rays Road Chardonnay 2020 Hawkes, New Zealand
With the 2020 vintage Rays Road produced the best fruit we have seen yet from this unique site. With new clonal plantings of Chardonnay in their first year of production, we were able to blend some extra ripeness and richness with the fresh limestone vibrancy of the existing vines. The result is an exciting Rays Road Chardonnay showing white flowers and lemon on the nose, with vibrant acidity and tingly oyster-shell minerality on the palate.
This is a fuller style from Hawke’s Bay and quite different from the rest of the Kumeu range of chardonnays. Bold, ripe peaches dominate the nose and palate. The texture is impressively silky and smooth. Very fleshy and complete. Impressive.
KUMEU RIVER WINES – Kumeu
Established in 1944, the Brajkovich family behind Kumeu River has continually demonstrated a sense of tradition, innovation and dedication. Striving for quality, they use a blend of new and old French Oak during barrel fermentation and ensure only indigenous wild yeasts are used to enhance texture and complexity. Chardonnay, their most recognized grape varietal, has received many international accolades and awards.