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Kumeu River Chardonnay Rays Road 2022

$35.00

“Despite being in the humid climes of West Auckland, New Zealand’s most famous Chardonnay producer continues to provide a benchmark for the rest of the country to emulate.” -Vinous

Rays Road is Kumeu River’s new vineyard site in Hawkes Bay and this is the first year of the bottling. Needless to say, it’s already a hit. This limestone hillside is at 180m altitude, with a northerly aspect, making it an ideal place to grow cool-climate Chardonnay. It is dry-farmed to yield high quality grapes for wine under the Rays Road name for our Kumeu River label.

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.

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Expert Reviews

93 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
The 2022 Rays Road Chardonnay is fine and spicy, with a tense line of acidity and phenolics—they feel linear and interwoven—that stream through the fruit. This is a very pretty, pithy Chardonnay with ground white pepper, white flesh peach, crushed shells, layers of juniper berry and star anise/cut fennel inflections. I like the staying power of the fruit in the mouth. It is persistent and long. This is really nicely done, and I’m looking forward to seeing this wine (and this vineyard) more over its journey.