Kumeu River

Chardonnay, Rays Road, Hawkes Bay

Kumeu River
Chardonnay, Rays Road, Hawkes Bay – 2019

16.5++ Points

Smells just a little rawer than the Kumeu single-vineyard Chardonnays I have just been tasting. Perhaps it was mean of me to taste it after them. I will go back and compare to the Estate 2019 bottling (suaver but probably less long-lived). Good grip and undertow. This site has a lot to say for itself but is just summoning up the courage. I love the eloquent, reverberant finish. The lime-fruited nose and front palate need a bit of time, I think, to shed their apparently simplicity.

Jancis Robinson, September 2020
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