Kumeu River Rays Road Chardonnay 2019
"If only all white burgundy offered this accessibility. I'm talking both price and taste." (Jancis Robinson)
- SmaakprofielRijk & complex
- HerkomstNieuw-Zeeland, Auckland
Hawke's Bay Chardonnay met de fraîcheur en mineraliteit van top Chablis.
"Lovely wine! An appealing core of sweet fruit with white peach, nectarine and a lovely saline-mineral lift supported by gentle acidity. A totally seductive, fruit-forward wine with an ethereal texture." (Bob Campbell MW, 95/100 punten)
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|Smaakprofiel||Rijk & complex|
|Op dronk vanaf||2021|
|Op dronk tot||2025|
Bob Campbell MW
Lovely wine! An appealing core of sweet fruit with white peach, nectarine and a lovely saline-mineral lift supported by gentle acidity. A totally seductive, fruit-forward wine with an ethereal texture.
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 to-day but also worthy of your cellar.
A very bold delivery of ripe-peach aromas with some gently buttery undertones. The palate has a smooth, creamy textural build to a fresh, crisp and dry peach finish.
From the Brajkoviches' new Hawke's Bay site, acquired as their estate in the Auckland suburbs is increasingly threatened by urban development. On a limestone hillside at 180 m facing north. Dry-farmed, hand-harvested, whole-bunch pressed and fermented with indigenous yeast in older French oak barrels. The usual 100% malo and 11-month oak maturation.
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 apparent simplicity.