Kumeu River Rays Road Chardonnay (2021)

Estate-grown in Hawke's Bay, the distinctive 2021 vintage (5*), from an elevated (180 metres above sea level), north-facing site, was hand-picked and fermented with indigenous yeasts in seasoned French oak barrels. It has a distinctly cool-climate feel (described by Kumeu River as 'mineral' and 'zesty'). Bright, light lemon/green, it is a refined wine, fresh and vibrant, with intense, citrusy flavours, lively acidity, restrained oak and a vigorous, tightly structured finish. Best drinking 2024+.


Type: White Wines
Variety: Chardonnay
Vintage: 2021
Overall Rating for All Vintages Tasted: ★★★★★ – 5 Stars
Price: $40 NZD
Sweetness: DRY
Value for Money: AV

When to drink: 2024

Past Vintages:
Vintage: 2019; Winemaker’s Rating: 7/7; When to Drink: 21 – 27
Notes: WR provided by wineries. P = Peaked.

Reviewed July 2022

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