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Kumeu River Rays Road 2019

Kumeu River Rays Road 2019

  • Chardonnay
  • New Zealand, 750ml
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"The Kumeu River Rays Road Chardonnay 2019 from Hawke’s Bay is a lovely wine! An appealing core of sweet fruit with white peach, nectarine and a lovely saline-mineral lift supported by gentle acidity. It’s a totally seductive, fruit-forward wine with an ethereal texture." Bob Campbell

  • Winery: Kumeu River (Hawke's Bay block)
  • Varietal: Chardonnay 
  • Region: Kumeu, New Zealand
  • Vintage: 2019
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Volume: 750ml
  • Closure: Screwcap

Food pairing: Chicken; veal & pork; shrimp, crab & lobster; potato & squash; cream & pesto sauces; mild & semi soft cheeses

Rays Road is Kumeu River’s new vineyard site in Hawkes Bay. This limestone hillside is at 180 m altitude, with a northerly aspect and the vineyard is dry-farmed (quality grapes). This Chardonnay was hand-harvested, whole bunch pressed and fermented with wild yeast in older French Oak barrels to give a wine that is zesty and fragrant, with mineral complexity that is very true to its site.

The Brajkovich family and Kumeu River Wines is a story that parallels the New Zealand wine industry. From the pioneering days to the establishment of the New Zealand wine industry to today, the Brajkovich family have been internationally recognised as producing world class wine. The Brajkovichs are focused on and internationally recognised as producing world class Chardonnay. Just as the Brajkovich family has grown, so too has the winery itself. Extensions and additions mark the milestones that have seen business adapt and expand over the years. Today, the winery produces around 250,000 bottles annually from 30 hectares of its own vineyards in Kumeu, and another 10 hectares from local growers. The Chardonnay wines of Kumeu River have gained a strong foothold within the international market, receiving outstanding accolades. The vineyard has gone on to become the globally recognised benchmark for non-Burgundy produced Chardonnay. “If you can taste history, duty, and family pride in a glass, it’s there in the Kumeu River Chardonnays...now producing some of New Zealand’s greatest Chardonnays, not to mention the world’s.” Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

Previous vintages:

  • 94/100 Points - Cameron Douglas (2018 vintage)
  • 93/100 Points - John Caro (2018 vintage)

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