Chardonnay Rays Road, Kumeu River 2018
This is the first vintage for Rays Road since Kumeu River took over the site. Based in Hawkes Bay, there are limestone soils and a northerly aspect here. The grapes are transported by truck to be vinified at the main winery in Auckland after harvesting by hand. This year, the wine was fermented and matured in 100% old oak barrels, eschewing new oak to preserve the delicate aromatics of the cooler vintage. This was a successful ploy, with the wine showing pure, mineral citrus and just a hint of smoky reduction on the nose. The palate is fine and vibrant, with a line of zesty acidity driving the fruit core forward. Savoury tones and a light viscosity come through from the lees, adding a little weight to the body, but this wine is all about linear freshness and zip. Long and cool on the finish, this is ready to drink now, but will evolve well in the bottle for 5-7 years.
|Score: 16+||Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, September 2019|
From a newly acquired site in Hawke’s Bay, this has a gently waxy edge and displays a wealth of ripe melon and pears. The palate is supple and mellow, very even and elegant with effortless length. Drink now. Screw cap.
|Score: 92||Nick Stock, JamesSuckling.com, October 2019|
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