Rays Road Pinot Noir


Rays Road Pinot Noir


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. Pinot Noir had been planted by the previous owners in 2008 with a variety of clones. We are very excited by the Pinot Noir from this  limestone hillside, and the future of this vineyard is certainly very bright.



Winemaker's Notes
The grapes for this wine were hand harvested, de stemmed then lightly crushed before being fermented with wild yeast in stainless steel tanks. After the malolactic fermentation this wine was matured for 12 months in seasoned French Oak. The resulting wine is bright, fragrant with ripe cherry and other red-fruit aromas. The palate is supple, deceptively concentrated with a distinctive limestone edge. It is delicious now, and we have no doubt that this complex wine will enhance further with bottle age.
100% hand harvested 100% de-stemmed then crushed Indigenous yeast fermentation 2-3 weeks total cuvaison Thrice daily remontage or pigeage 11 months maturation

Drink with

  • Seafood
  • Pasta
  • Chicken
  • Risotto

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