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
Gold and multiple Trophy winner, IWC International Wine Challenge 2017
Winner of 4 Trophies including the International Syrah Trophy, Hawkes Bay Syrah Trophy, New Zealand Syrah Trophy and New Zealand Red Trophy. "A perfumed nose of sandalwood and lavender, edged with aromatic white pepper and brimming with ripe red and black cherry and ripe damson. The palate is vibrant, anchored in cool, conifer freshness, with super-fine tannins and an elegant finish."
95/100 Bob Campbell MW (2013 vintage)
"Made from grapes grown on a hillside vineyard and a hot riverbed Vineyard. Handpicked and de-stemmed, then before the juice was allowed to soak on the skins for seven days, fermented for nine days and allowed to soak on the skins for a further 13 days. Stylish Syrah with plum, wood smoke, black pepper, white pepper and spice and a hint of chalky minerality. Dense, layered and quite complex wine that promises to develop well in the bottle. 15/5/2015"
94/100 Wine Orbit, Sam Kim (2013 vintage)
"Engaging and inviting, the perfumed bouquet shows wonderful dark fruit and game characters with a light dusting of spice and cedar. The palate is concentrated and pristine with silky texture and fabulous fruit purity, elegantly structured by fine, grainy tannins. The wine shows beautiful harmony and integration. At its best: now to 2022. $35.00. Moderate availability. www.rmwines.co.nz. Jan 2015."
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