Rod McDonald earned his chops over thirteen years in Hawkes Bay, nine of them with Villa Maria’s Vidal’s Estate. On the back of winning New Zealand Winemaker of the Year in 2006, Rod went out on his own, consulting for other wineries and starting his own somewhat rambling portfolio of brands, most of which are gaining significant recognition in their respective categories. The ‘Te Awanga’ range is sourced from the ‘home’ vineyards, located at the cellar door site. ‘Quarter Acre’ is a step up into single vineyard wines exploring sub-regional terroir. ‘Two Gates’ offers organic but exceptionally elegant examples of Hawkes bay classics. The ‘One Off’ range is a one-size fits all for anything else Rod wants to make - many of which are so good that this ‘non-brand’ threatens to outshine the others. With beautiful wine styling as well as obvious advantages in sourcing quality juice, the confidence and swagger of Rod McDonald wines seems to be nothing if not justified.
What The Critics Say
94/100 Bob Campbell
"Ripe, fleshy wine with black-fleshed plum, dark cherry and very subtle fresh herb flavours. The wine really developed as it sat in the glass (deserves to be decanted) revealing additional floral and fruit flavours. Charming Pinot Noir that's nicely layered. 15/5/2015"
18.5/20 Raymond Chan
"Dark, deep, purple-hued ruby-red colour, very youthful in appearance. The nose is full and up-front with aromas of ripe, dark red berry and black cherry fruit entwined with black plum, savoury herb and stalk-like whole bunch aromas, along with lifted violet florals and a suggestion of oak toast. The fruit is focussed and grows in concentration in the glass. Medium-full bodied, full, sweet and lusciously rich flavours of dark red berry fruits and plums are melded with layers of savoury herbs and spice notes. The fruit is supported by grainy tannin extraction providing good mouthfeel and structure, building to form a deep and well-packed core. The richness and grip is balanced by lively acidity, and the wine flows with vitality and energy to a firm, dry, lingering finish with cherry notes. This is a full, up-front, black fruited Pinot Noir with savoury herb elements and a deep, grainy structure. Match with pork, beef, lamb and semi hard cheeses over the next 5-6+ years. Fruit from the Te Muna Road district, given a cold soak and indigenous yeast fermented with 30% whole clusters to 13.8% alc., the wine spending 10-15 days on skins post ferment and aged 10 months in 25% new French oak barriques. 18.5-/20 May 2015 RRP $31.99"
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