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Pa Road Marlborough 2017 Sauvignon, Pinot Gris, Rosé and 2016 Pinot Noir

05 September,2017
Pa Road is the very successful second wine brand of the MacDonald family’s ‘te Pa’ label. The MacDonald family, who have farmed the land in the Wairau Bar of Marlborough for generations, launched their wine venture, first planting vines in 2003. They now have over 150 ha of vines there and source fruit from estate owned sites in other Marlborough sub-regions. They have aspired for quality and the te Pa wines as well as the Pa Road bottlings have achieved considerable success in judgings and tastings. This is a testament to the fruit quality as well as the sensitive and sophisticated winemaking by Sam Bennett who is on-site and Liam McElhinney who oversees the production. The te Pa wines are vigorously marketed, including the strong use of social media, and their presence will continue to grow. Here I review the new release Pa Road 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Rosé, and 2016 Pinot Noir.


Pa Road Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Marlborough

Bright, very pale straw colour with slight green hues, near colourless on the rim. The nose is very soft and gentle in expression, with pungent passionfruit and tropical fruit aromas entwined with fresh herbs. The aromatics grow in depth and intensity with aeration. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has moderately concentrated flavours of passionfruit, tropical fruits, gooseberries and fresh herbs. The mouthfeel is lively and refreshing with brisk acidity and the wine flows along a soft, textured palate line, carrying to a lingering, dry finish of passionfruit and herbs. This is a soft but fresh, lively passionfruited Sauvignon Blanc with zesty acidity and a dry, textural palate. Serve with Pacific Rim fare over the next 2 years. 35% of the fruit from the ‘Home’ vineyard, Wairau Bar, 35% from ‘Redwood Hills’ Awatere and 30% ‘Alabama Road’ site, Wairau, cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 13.0% alc. and 4 g/L RS. 16.5+/20 Sep 2017 RRP $17.99

Pa Road Marlborough Pinot Gris 2017

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Marlborough

Brilliant light straw colour with slight green hues, pale on the edge. This has a fresh and intense nose with penetrating aromas of yellow stonefruits entwined with exotic florals, rose-petal notes and spice, unfolding hints of honeysuckle and fresh fermentation esters. Dry to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate has an elegantly concentrated heart of yellow stonefruits, tropical fruits, and fragrant rose-petals. The fruit forms a firm core and line, and the wine flows with underlying alcohol and acid drive, along a fine-textured phenolic thread, leading to a lingering finish with stonefruits, florals and spice. This is a concentrated and firm, dryish Pinot Gris with good intensity of stonefruits and rose-petal flavours and some alcoholic and acid drive, Match with Asian and Middle Eastern fare over the next 2-3 years. A blend of 65% ‘Redwood Hills’ Awatere Pinot Gris and 30% ‘Home Block’ Wairau Bar Pinot Gris with 5% ‘Redwood Hills’ Gewurztraminer, tank-fermented with 7% in seasoned French oak to 13.5% alc. and 7 g/L RS. 17.0/20 Sep 2017 RRP $17.99

Pa Road Marlborough Rosé 2017

Rose from New Zealand – Marlborough

Bright, light candy-floss pink with peach tints, pale on the rim. The nose is soft and delicate with gentle volume of ethereal aromas of fragrant red florals, quince and subtle notes of strawberries. The nose intensified with soft density in the glass. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has a core of strawberries, florals and quince flavours along with some lifted esters, unfolding suggestions of herbs. The mouthfeel is fine and dryly textured with light phenolic grip, and the palate has good, fresh underlying acidity that carries to a thirst-quenching, dry finish with floral nuances. This is an elegant, mouthwatering dry rosé with subtle flavours of strawberries and quince on a fine-textured, phenolic lined palate. Serve as an aperitif, with canapes, and with antipasto over the next 2 years. 100% Pinot Noir fruit, 38% from ‘Omaka North’, 30% ‘Kelly’s Creek’ and 32% ‘Woodlands Estate’, in the central and southern Wairau, given 6 hours skin contact and cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 13.0% alc. and 5 g/L RS. 16.5+/20 Sep 2017 RRP $17.99

Pa Road Marlborough Pinot Noir 2016

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Marlborough

Even, light ruby-red colour, paler on the rim. This has an elegant and finely concentrated nose with penetrating aromas of dark-red berry fruit softly entwined with herb notes and a suggestion of minerally reduction. The nose possesses intensity and fragrance. Medium-full bodied, the palate has a concentrated core of tightly bound flavours of dark-red cherry and berry fruit harmoniously melded with herbs, liquorice and minerals. The fruit is supported by moderately extracted, supple tannins and soft, lacy acidity providing energy. The palate has positive drive and linearity, leading to a lingering, concentrated finish of cherries, herbs and minerals. This is an elegantly concentrated and bound Pinot Noir with dark cherry and berry flavours along with herbs, liquorice and minerals on a fine-grained, linear palate. Match with poultry and pork over the next 3-4 years. Fruit from the ‘Omaka North’ vineyard, Southern Valleys, fermented with 10% whole bunches to 14.0% alc., the wine given 7-10 days on skins post ferment and aged 9 months in oak barrels and tank. 17.0+/20 Sep 2017 RRP $19.99
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