2018

Rays Road Pinot Noir

$40.00
2018

Rays Road Pinot Noir

$40.00

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.

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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.
Vinification
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

  • duck

Kumeu River Rays Road Pinot Noir

The vineyard in Rays Road, Raukawa was originally a joint venture between Trinity Hill and Pascal Jolivet from Pouilly-Fumé in the Loire Valley of France. We are very excited about the land in this vineyard as it is predominantly based on limestone and is also significantly more elevated than most vineyards in Hawkes Bay.