Since leaving Vidal Estate, Rod McDonald seems to have been carried off on different waves of winemaking as he began his pursuit and ultimate dream of making definitive Hawke’s Bay Syrah. Establishing his own Rod McDonald Wines company, a number of brands have emerged, some of them his very own, and others in which he is part of. The ‘Quarter Acre’, ‘Te Awanga Estate’, ‘Blanket Hills’, ‘Two Gates’ and eclectic ‘One-Off’ labels are examples of the former, with the ‘Trademark’ Syrah his personal flagship (click here to see my report on the release of the inaugural 2011). ‘Frizzell Wines’ is a partnership between Dick Frizzell, business associate Mike Farrugia and Rod, under the ‘Massive Wines’ company. And Rod has many clients where he acts as a consultant or contract winemaker, such as Cypress and Osawa.
The Hawke’s Bay Wine Co. office run-about
Plenty of big winery plant here
Hawke’s Bay Wine Co. winemakers
Pieter Koopman and Rod McDonald