Kumeu River Rays Road Pinot Noir 2020


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Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
95 points


The enchanting story of our Rays Road Pinot Noir begins with its inception in 2008, when the previous stewards of the land planted it with an array of superior clones. A symphony of anticipation surrounds this Pinot Noir, a testament to the limestone-rich terroir that cradles it. As we gaze upon the vineyard's horizon, we are met with a radiant future that gleams brightly.

From this hallowed ground, we meticulously curate a selection that forms the vibrant heart of the Kumeu Village Pinot Noir, contributing to 80% of its captivating essence. Yet, there exists an even more remarkable portion—cherished and untouched—which we reserve exclusively for the illustrious Rays Road bottling.

Following the alchemical dance of malolactic fermentation, this wine embarks on a 12-month journey of maturation in the embrace of French Oak, of which 10% is newly introduced. The culmination is a wine that bursts forth with brilliance, fragrant and alive, a sensory canvas painted with the hues of ripe cherry and a symphony of red-fruit aromas. A subtle dance of dry leaves adds to the tapestry of complexity that unfolds.


95 points
Jean-Marc Quarin
91 points
Tom Cannavan

From the Hawke's Bay vineyard, a nice touch of beetroot and briar here, more dry, redcurrant and cranberry character, and orange, those dry bracken notes persist in a savoury style.


Screw cap
Serving Temp.
12-14 °C
Food pairing
Duck or Oily Fish

Tasting Profile

Upon the palate, a supple elegance envelops, defying expectations with its underlying concentration. A singular edge of limestone emerges, a signature flourish that adds depth to the experience. While this wine beckons with approachability now, its journey is far from over. We hold no doubt that with the passage of time, the intricate layers of this wine will only grow more harmonious and enchanting, a testament to the timeless beauty that emerges with every passing year.

Kumeu River Rays Road Pinot Noir 2020

Kumeu River Rays Road Pinot Noir 2020

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