Kumeu River 2019 Rays Road Pinot Noir
This is the debut vintage of Pinot from Kumeu River's Hawkes Bay vineyard, Rays Road. Although Kumeu has made Pinot Noirs from their vineyards in Auckland for many years, this site is potentially the most exciting for Pinot Noir.
The vineyard was originally planted by Sancerre producer Pascal Jolivet in collaboration with NZ producer Trinity Hill. The Brajkovichs purchased the site at the end of 2017, with an eye on the awesome potential of this limestone vineyard.
The 2018 was successful right from the start with beautiful red fruits laced with minerals, floral touches and a mid-palate concentration which is always missing from their Auckland Pinots.
Having had a few years in the bottle this has settled down to something quite delicious.