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02 May,2017
The ever resourceful Rod McDonald has introduced a new brand under his umbrella labelled ‘Mister’. The labelling showcases the ‘Rod McDonald’ overarching branding, and it employs the very popular imaging of the ‘One Off’ range. The Rod McDonald team felt that the ‘One Off’ imaging could be used for a range of wines that would have a broader accessibility than the limited production ‘One Off’ wines, which will continue as they are. It is worth noting that the detailing of the ‘One Off’ and now ‘Mister’ imaging is intricate and intriguing, as can be seen with the fruits, contents of the hat, what is skewered on the sword, the colour of the waistcoat, among other things.

The ‘Mister’ range came about out of a desire to craft a selection of "modern wines, fruit forward, drinkable [with] bright acidity” carrying genuine and consistent quality. The brand is aimed at the ‘$20.00 and just under ‘bracket, and the desire is to see some volume of sales. In the making of the ‘One Off’ wines, the figurine on the label came to be affectionately referred to as ‘Mister’, which led to questions such as "What would Mister Chardonnay be wearing?” and "What shall we put on Mister Pinot’s hat?” The ‘Mister’ range gives some more consistency to be recognised in the images used. And the ‘Mister’ range of wines is to be, as inferred above, medium-weight, soft, varietally expressive, as well as showcasing Hawke’s Bay. Here, I review the inaugural ‘Mister’ wines from Rod McDonald. www.rmwines.co.nz

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW



Rod McDonald ‘Mister’ Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2016

Rose from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay

16.5+/20
Bright strawberry pink with light peach hues at the heart and on edge. The nose is very fresh, bright and tightly bound with aromas of strawberries and cream with fresh floral and subtle herbal notes lending a mouthwatering steeliness. Soft notes of confectionary and redcurrants emerge with aeration. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has up-front flavours of strawberries and cream with redcurrant and pomegranate notes, along with a little floral and confectionary lift. The fruit is interwoven and underlined by light, grainy textures lending a thirst-quenching mouthfeel, and balanced, light acid freshness and liveliness. The fruit carries to a fruity, dry-textured lingering finish. This is an up-front dry rosé with strawberry and cream, redcurrant and pomegranate flavours along with subtle floral and confectionary notes on a grainy, phenolic, thirst-quenching palate. Serve as an aperitif, with canapes and antipasto over the next 2 years. Predominantly Merlot from the coast and some Pinot Noir from Maraekakaho, cool-fermented in tank to 13.5% alc. and <1.0 g/L RS, the wine aged 5 months on lees. 16.5+/20 May 2017 RRP $21.99

Rod McDonald ‘Mister’ Hawke’s Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay

17+/20
Bright, even, light straw-yellow colour, a little paler on the rim. The nose is fresh, intense and rounded with aromas of ripe green stonefruits, nectarines, greengages along with gooseberries and cut grass, unveiling hints of lifted tropical fruits. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has a good core of green stonefruits, cut grass, with greengage and gooseberry notes, unfolding herbs and tropical fruits. The flavours are softly rich and accessible with a soft core and gentle density. Soft textures and integrated acidity carry the wine to a lingering finish of green stonefruits, grass and gooseberries. This is a softly concentrated, gently rich and accessible Sauvignon Blanc with green stonefruit and grassy flavours with a dense core and some length. Serve with salads and vegetables and Mediterranean fare over the next 2 years. Fruit mainly from Ohiti Road, Maraekakaho and Te Awanga, cool-fermented in tank to 12.5% alc. and 3 g/L RS, the wine aged several weeks on lees. 17.0+/20 May 2017 RRP $17.99

Rod McDonald ‘Mister’ Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2016

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay

17.5/20
Bright pale straw-yellow colour with slight green suggestions, very light on the rim. This has a tight, fresh and delicate nose with elegantly penetrating aromas of white stonefruits, pears and white florals. This is clean with a taut core that reveals a little nutty and mineral detail, along with clarity and purity with aeration. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has a deep core, with good presence, but restrained flavours of white stonefruits entwined with florals, pears and a little honeysuckle. The palate core is softly concentrated with a fine, dry phenolic line and some underlying richness and power that carries the wine to a lingering, luscious finish of honeysuckle. This is an elegantly concentrated dry Pinot Gris with tight stonefruit, pear and floral notes, and a fine-textured palate with some richness and power. Match with Asian cuisine over the next 3 years. Fruit from Taradale and Haumoana, tank fermented to 12.5% alc. and 6 g/L RS, the wine aged on lees undergoing batonnage. 17.5/20 May 2017 RRP $17.99

Rod McDonald ‘Mister’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016

Chardonnay from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay

16.5+/20
Full, even straw-yellow colour with pale golden hues. This has an elegant nose with a core of fresh yellow stonefruits and citrus fruit entwined with subtle notes of nutty oak, revealing nuances of herbs and leesy mineral suggestions. The aromatics are delicate and nuanced. Medium-full bodied, the palate has soft and gentle flavours of white and yellow stonefruits, with melon notes and some nutty oak. The mouthfeel is refreshing with crisp, lacy acidity, enhancing the flow along a light line. The flavours recede as the wines carries to a restrained, nutty nuanced finish. This is a restrained flavoured Chadonnay with white stonefruit and nutty notes on a fresh, light line leading to a subtly nuanced finish. Match with seafood and poultry over the next 2-3 years. Te Awanga fruit, fermented in tank with 10% in older barriques with solids to 13.5% alc., the oak portion aged 6 months, the wine undergoing batonnage and 10% MLF. 16.5+/20 May 2017 RRP $21.99

Rod McDonald ‘Mister’ Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2015

Syrah from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay

17.5-/20
Dark, deep, black-red colour with purple hues at the heart, lighter on the rim and youthful in appearance. The nose is fresh, fragrant and elegantly presented with aromas of blackberries and raspberries, along with dark-red florals and white pepper notes, revealing some black, earthy suggestions at the core. Medium-bodied, the palate is elegantly proportioned with a moderately intense and concentrated heart of blackberry and dark-red berry fruits, entwined with red florals, spices and white pepper. The fruit is supported by fine, grainy-textured tannin extraction which forms a firm line. The mouthfeel has plenty of energy with fresh, lacy acidity lending tension. The wine carries to an elegant, lingering, spicy and peppery finish. This is an elegantly concentrated Syrah with good depth of blackberry and spicy raspberry fruit along with floral and white pepper notes on a firm-textured, but lively palate. Match with Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine over the next 4 years. Fruit from Bridge Pa fully destemmed and indigenous yeast fermented to 12.5% alc., the wine aged 20 months in 35% new French oak barriques. 17.5-/20 May 2017 RRP $24.99
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