95/100 Points - Nick Stock, JamesSuckling.com
"This is a fuller style from Hawke’s Bay and quite different from the rest of the Kumeu range of chardonnays. Bold, ripe peaches dominate the nose and palate. The texture is impressively silky and smooth. Very fleshy and complete. Impressive

92/100 Points - Steve Bennett, Masters of Wine
"Youthful, restrained bouquet with characters of yellow apple skin, white peach, herbal notes, fresh cream, and sourdough. A little locked-in right now. Dry, crisp, and weighty but with a slight acid/alcohol hotness on the finish at this stage" Steve Bennett, Master of Wine

18/20 Points - Matthew Jukes Daily Mail
" A new wine in the line-up and it pleases me greatly to see that it comes from Hawke’s Bay.  I adore Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay and I can certainly see why these coolish climate kings have chosen to seek more fruit and also more challenges in this part of Kiwiland.  I love Rays road.  Classy, layered and complete this is a very different take on this grape from the remainder of the portfolio, given that the rest come from Kumeu (north of Auckland).  There is a distinct beginning, middle and end here, which is often a challenge in a new wine and particularly I love the acid line and elegance on the finish. " 

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.

If you are a fan of Kumeu River Chardonnay, try this new offering from the team. This is the third release and looking great! Fruit is sourced from a single Hawkes bay site.



New Zealand


Hawkes Bay




Soft, buttery white


Michael Brajkovich





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Pasta, Risotto, Chicken

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