Kumeu River 是公認的新西蘭出產Chardonnay 最頂尖的酒莊，2014年11月還被選為國宴用酒。酒莊的釀酒師Michael Brajkovich同時還是一位葡萄酒大師（Master of Wine）。
★Jancis Robinson: A fine, burgundian Chardonnay
★Single Vineyard : Rays Road
★JS95/JR 17/Matthew Jukes 18
100% Chardonnay from Hawkes, New Zealand
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. Drink or hold. Screw cap.
From a limestone, north-facing, dry-farmed hillside at 180 m. Spontaneous fermentation. Aged in old French oak.
Neat and well integrated, quite restrained. And already very accessible though with light, fine tannins and quite opulent fruit on the front palate. Sprightly. Lemon-pastille flavour. Very long. Beautifully made. 13.5% Drink 2021 – 2027
18/20 pts Matthew Jukes - 14 July 2021
" 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. "