2019 Church Road McDonald Series Syrah
Dating from 1897, when Bartholomew Steinmetz planted his vineyard next to Church Road, it is now one of the oldest wineries in the country. Steinmetz returned to his native Luxembourg in the 1920s, leaving his winery in the hands of the 19-year-old Tom McDonald, who had been working for him since his early teens. McDonald later bought the winery and set to making the first quality red wines in New Zealand, releasing the country's first commercial Cabernet Sauvignon in 1949. Quality steadily increased and by the 1960s New Zealand's wine connoisseurs snapped up McDonald's red wines year after year. Current winemaker Chris Scott came up through the ranks first as a cellar hand and vineyard worker and eventually, after a few vintages elsewhere, to winemaker. The “Tom” wines are a tribute to McDonald, only produced in exceptional vintages.
What The Critics Say
95/100 Bob Campbell MW
"Intense, ripe syrah with plum, dark berry, chocolate-mocha, vanilla, pepper and spicy oak. A classy wine with impressive density and underlying power, although it is deliciously accessible. Excellent value at this price. 31 MAR 2021." Drink 2021 - 2029
Trophy for Champion Syrah, NZIWS 2020
"Inky purple, concentrated and intense. Deeply savoury, complex and superbly harmonious with soft, plush, enveloping tannins and layers of richness and flavour. There’s dark berries, black cherries, vanilla, mocha and chocolate with spicy peppery notes adding to the overall appeal."
Trophy Royal Easter Show 2021
|Variety||Shiraz / Syrah|
|Maturity||2021 - 2029|
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