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A limited stock allocation of an exceptional wine dedicated to Tom McDonald; a pioneering figure who's commonly referred to as the father of red wine in New Zealand.
"An amalgam of rich, ripe, dark fruit is overlaid with beguiling, lifted aromatics including violet, sandalwood and cedar with hints of dried woody herbs. In contrast to these lifted elements, subtle notes of cacao, vanilla and dried currant bring a luxuriousness to the aroma and flavour profile."
"Structurally, the wine leads with beautiful fruit weight and richness across the mid palate, typical of good Hawke’s Bay Merlot. This is a multidimensional blend that simultaneously shows great depth of dark, brooding flavour whilst expressing a haunting array of gentle perfume - the ultimate expression of great Hawke’s Bay blends."
"Tom is our tribute to the late Tom McDonald (1907-1987). A passionate and visionary winemaker who devoted his life to producing outstanding New Zealand wines at the site of the current Church Road Winery. Tom McDonald is widely regarded as the father of red wine in New Zealand."
97/100, Bob Campbell MW "A blend of two-thirds cabernet sauvignon and one-third merlot grown on the Gimblett Gravels and Bridge Pa Triangle subregions. Fine-boned red with a silken, seamless texture and a very appealing dark berry, spice and subtle floral aroma. This is a truly powerful yet supremely elegant red with potential to become even more exciting with bottle age." June 2019
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Starting in 1897 Bartholomew Steinmetz founded Taradale Vineyards on the site now known as Church Road. Local and Award winning, this wine is the centre of Hawke’s Bay Wineries. Blending Innovative and traditional winemaking techniques, Church Road is pushing wine making boundaries. All thanks to Tom McDonald who started working at the winery aged 14 and became in charge of the winery by 19, they created New Zealand’s first widely-available Cabernet Sauvignon, pioneering modern quality winemaking in Hawke’s Bay.
Taking pride in perfecting details, balancing art and science is a key part of the process. Allowing time to perfect their wines with a diverse vineyard of grape varieties. With these varieties comes character with each wine, making each wine unique and special in their own way. Based on years of work, this wine company follows a directional inner voice with years of experience behind them.
Years of work created a respect to wine making, creating instinct that is special to Church Road. They carry passion and intuition that is passed down generations, making this Kiwi owned and made Wine one for the road, and one for the Family. Now with the lavishly awarded Chris Scott running the show we are sure to see some more incredible red wines blossoming from New Zealand.
Image credits: Church Road