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 (2016 vintage)
94/100 Wine Orbit, Sam Kim (2016 vintage)
"Delightfully charming and wonderfully expressed, the inviting bouquet shows dark plum, spiced cherry, smoked game and floral characters with a touch of pepper spice. The palate delivers excellent concentration and roundness, wonderfully complemented by velvety mouthfeel and supple tannins. The wine offers lovely fruit purity combined with subtle savoury complexity, finishing long and attractive. At its best: now to 2022. $40.00. www.rmwines.co.nz. Nov 2017."
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