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One Off 2016 ‘The Banger’ and Sticky 101 Gewurztraminer

10 July,2017
In May this year, Rod McDonald introduced the ‘Mister’ range of wines to highlight modern, fruit-forward, accessible and drinkable wines with bright acidity. This was achieved while taking into the account the price pointing at the $20.00 and just under mark. In creating imagery for the ‘Mister’ range, Rod used the very successful figurine as used on the funky ‘One Off’ wines. This has meant a new designing of the ‘One Off’ branding, and the release of the 2016 ‘The Banger’ Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah and ‘Sticky 101’ Gewurztraminer has shown how he is doing this.

The ethos of the ‘One Off’ wines is that they are individual and unique wines made from special, non-repeatable parcels of fruit, and/or made in with special vinification techniques. The wines "disregard brand families, consumer research and marketing fundamentals”. The quantities of these wines are very limited, and as Rod says of each wine, "when it’s gone, it’s gone. There’ll never be another!” To match the wines made, it appears that each ‘One Off’ wine will sport its own an individual label. The labels for these two releases are indeed very different. Here, I review the wines.


One Off ‘The Banger’ Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah 2016

Blended Red from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay

Even dark ruby-red colour with slight purple hues, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is softly full with well-packed and deep aromas of ripe blackberries and spices, with notes of black pepper and violet florals, revealing some cassis notes with aeration. The Syrah aromatics prevail. Medium-bodied, the palate has rich flavours of blackberries and dark raspberries, spices, and an underlying layer of ripe black berried fruits, and a little curranty note. The fruit is soft in presentation, but bright, and the flavours are harmoniously interwoven, the palate enlivened by fresh acidity. The tannins are supple and provide a balanced grip and line, and the wine carries with good energy to a smooth flowing finish. This is a harmonious blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, with the Syrah black fruits and spices prevailing, but the wine carries a deep black berried Cabernet heart, and flows smoothly with freshness and balance. Match with barbecued and roasted red meats over the next 6+ years. A nod to the classic Australian Cabernet/Shiraz blend. A blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon from the company’s Maraekakaho terraces, and 38% Syrah from the Red Metal district, the fruit hand-picked and fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine on skins 35 days and aged 12 months in 15-20% new French oak barriques. 18.0+/20 Jul 2017 RRP $34.99

One Off ‘Sticky 101’ Hawke’s Bay Gewurztraminer 2016

Sweet Wine from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay

Full, light golden-yellow colour with some depth, a little lighter on the edge. This has a full nose with solidly packed, rich and decadent aromas of honey and nectar, along with marmalade, harmoniously infused with notes of exotic tropical fruits and rose-petal elements, and musk. Very sweet to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is well-concentrated with a deeply packed, but rounded core of ripe exotic tropical fruits, honey, marmalade, musk and rose-petals. The mouthfeel opulent and unctuous with soft acidity enhancing the richness and smoothness of the palate. The wine has a positive heart with drive, and carries to a long, lingering finish of honey and musk. This is a rich and opulent botrytised Gewurztraminer with a deep, rounded core of exotic tropical fruits, honey and musk. Serve with fruit desserts, crème caramel, crème brulee and blue cheeses over the next+ years. This refers to the making of classic botrytised sweet wines. 100% botrytis-affected Gewurztraminer fruit from the company’s site on the Maraekakaho terraces, hand-picked and fermented in stainless-steel and barrel to 11.0% alc. and 145 g/L RS. (375 ml) 18.5/20 Jul 2017 RRP $24.95
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