2022 Kumeu River Rays Road Chardonnay
100% barrel fermented and 100% malo-lactic fermentation with 11 months maturation in barrel.
Brilliant pale straw to straw colour with a greenish tinge around the edges and a watery hue. Nosing offers up a mix of ripe pear, peach and bees wax like scents followed by hints of lemon butter, nougat and faint gun flint. The refined medium bodied palate is amply endowed with ripe peach and pear fruits which are intermeshed with dried honey, bees wax, citrusy nougat and spice elements. Round and gently creamy in its feel it concludes with a nicely balanced twist of lemony freshness and oyster shell like minerality on the long elegant finish.
Drink over the next 5-6 years.