Rod McDonald Te Awanga Chardonnay
Rod McDonald is a cult winemaker in New Zealand. He has been making wine in Hawke’s Bay since 1993 and is committed to producing wines as fine as possible from a wide range of varieties and styles. A combination of machine and handpicked, gently pressed and run to a mixture of new and used French oak barriques and stainless steel tanks for fermentation, of which a portion was wild. The wine rested on lees for ten months where it underwent a full MLF in spring. It was gently stirred every couple of weeks for six months before it was blended, lightly fined and bottled in early 2016. It is a classic, generous Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay. An alluring nose of citrus, vanilla and crème brûlée leads into a full, rich palate of white peaches, bright acidity and layered toasty oak complexity. Will cellar beautifully for up to five years and with careful cellaring up to ten.