Kumeu River

Kumeu, New Zealand

Pinot Noir, Village, Kumeu – 2020

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • Vineyards: Rays Road, Raukawa, Hawkes Bay (74%) and Kumeu (26%)
  • Vinification

    • 100% hand harvested
      100% de-stemmed then crushed
      Indigenous yeast fermentation
      2 weeks total cuvaison
      Twice daily remontage
      7 months maturation in tank

    • Bottled: September 2020
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
  • Tasting Notes

    • In April 2017 we took possession of a vineyard at Rays Road in Hawkes Bay that was already planted with Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The vineyard soil is wind-blown clay loess over limestone, so we were particularly keen to see how these varieties performed. 2018 was our first vintage from Rays Road and we were excited by the potential we saw with the Pinot Noir.

      Now, from the exceptional 2020 vintage, we have consolidated that quality expectation, and this year have blended the grapes from Rays Road (74%) with some outstanding richer Kumeu fruit (26%). The result is delicious. The wine displays a bright cherry red/burgundy color with lifted red fruit aromas. On the palate the wine is cool, round and fruity and with a nice hint of chalky tannin that keeps the wine dry and refreshing