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"The Tom series of wines are named after the late Tom McDonald, who pioneered powerful red table wines at a time when the New Zealand wine industry was predominantly built around fortified wines. This dry, full bodied, spicy Syrah would have made him proud. It not only drinks well now, in its youth, but has the potential age and evolve beautifully for 10+ years. History suggests it will become an elegant silky red after that time. It is a showpiece and a collector’s item, offering an insight into what Tom McDonald saw in Hawke’s Bay back in the mid 20th Century when he was making wine." - 4.5 Stars, Joelle Thomson, Wine Writer
An exceptional quality Hawke's Bay Syrah.
It's a rare, joyous experience to enjoy a wine of this magnitude so don't miss your opportunity to be a part of this extremely limited allocation.
"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's highly regarded wines inspired a generation of winemakers and pioneered a quality renaissance in Hawkes Bay winegrowing.
Rich, ripe and fragrant, this wine expresses layers of dark berry and cherry fruit supported by lifted violet perfume, warm exotic spice and notes of dusty cacao, vanilla, smoky charcuterie and a subtle underlying earthiness. On the palate, the wine manages both luxuriousness and elegance with a plushness of texture that is supported by silky tannins, drawing the wine out across the back palate and lending great length to the finish." - Church Road
96/100, Bob Campbell MW "From grapes grown in the Bridge Pa Triangle. Superbly elegant and fragrant syrah with violet, cranberry, plum and a suggestion of mocha among the more prominent flavours. An elegant wine with a silken and ethereal texture. Should develop well but surprisingly approachable now." 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.
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