Rod McDonald Te Awanga Hawke’s Bay Merlot
Rod McDonald Wines is a family-owned wine business born out of a love of making wine and of the place they call home, Hawke’s Bay. Winemaker Rod McDonald spent nine years as winemaker at Vidal Estate in Hawke’s Bay and was awarded New Zealand Winemaker of the Year in 2006. He left later that year with a few ideas about what Hawke’s Bay wines could be like, and started Rod McDonald Wines to prove it.
Premium grapes were first grown in Te Awanga at the beginning of last century. The warm coastal climate, gentle sea breezes and shallow clay soils combine to produce award winning wines of great varietal flavour and finesse.
Rich and crimson in colour, this wine displays aromas of black cherry, cassis and cigar box. The palate is full, rich and soft with flavours of plum and cedar. It is a wine of excellent balance and structure. A wine styled for approachability but will reward careful cellaring.
In the words of Rod McDonald “Te Awanga is a special piece of dirt!”.