The Brajkovich family have carved out a reputation second to none for Chardonnay and every new release adds to that reputation.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
"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."
Winery notes (2019 Vintage)
"Rays Road is Kumeu River’s new vineyard site in Hawkes Bay. This limestone hillside is at 180 m altitude, with a northerly aspect. 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.
The 2019 vintage was exceptional and produced sensational Chardonnay across all our vineyards. The limestone-based vineyard at Rays Road in Hawkes Bay has yielded some uniquely characterful Chardonnay from this vintage. It has the aroma of citrus peel, flinty minerals and salty seashells. There are creamy, peach-like flavours on the mid-palate, but then it finishes firmly with zesty fresh acidity and a steel backbone.
Hand harvested. Whole-bunch pressed. Indigenous yeast fermentation. 100% barrel fermentation. 100% malo-lactic fermentation. 11 months maturation in barrel."
94/100 Cameron Douglas MS, May 2020 (2019 Vintage)
"Quite pure. As the wine unfurls in glass aromas of white peach, whispers of flint, apple and quince begin to emerge. There’s a calm, balanced and obvious layer of oak with a whisper of white smoke then baking spices. On the palate – a youthful and enticing wine with medium+ acidity, a lively texture that dances nicely on the tongue and fruit flavours along with subtle baking spices mirror the nose. A complete wine, balanced with medium+ length and complexity. Drinkable today but also worthy of your cellar. Best drinking from early 2021 through 2024."