Blanket Hills Wines – Warm and Comfortable Hawke’s Bay


Veteran award winning winemaker Rod McDonald is quickly growing his presence.  For a while, Rod’s reputation was that of a highly sought-after consultant winemaker, and his clients have included Frizzell, Osawa, Bridge Pa and Cypress among others.  The last year has seen him consolidate his own labels under the ‘Rod McDonald’ umbrella.  His ‘No. 8’ and ‘One Off’ brands are the fringe of what he does.  His premium wines are the ‘Te Awanga Estate’ and ‘Quarter Acre’ wines which I have reviewed fully recently, the latter stated to be expressions of his dream.  The most consumer-friendly wines will no doubt be the ‘Blanket Hills’ wines, named after the Hawke’s Bay Hills, which Rod reckons look like crumpled blankets on a giant unmade bed.  The expression of the wines is in the "bigger, more voluptuous and unashamedly comfortable and generous” style.  The wines I have reviewed to date have been pleasingly up-front and positive on volume and mouthfeel rather than over-the top in flavour.  Here, I review his new and latest releases.  www.rmwines.co.nz     


  • Blanket Hills ‘Sun Down’ Hawke’s Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2012
  • Blanket Hills ‘Slow Burn’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2012
  • Blanket Hills ‘Slow Boat’ Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2010

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