One Off 2017 ‘Clone Wars Chardonnay, and Te Awanga Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Pinot Noir 2015 and Merlot Franc 2014


‘One Off’ and ‘Te Awanga Estate’ are brands of Rod McDonald representing different facets and approaches to winemaking and style. The ‘One Off’ wines are arguably the most interesting for wine enthusiasts, as they are limited production lots made from small parcels of fruit, taking advantage of the unique character of those grapes, and or employing special techniques in vinification or elevage, among other factors. They represent the innovative side of wine for Rod, and the brand name says it all – they are one-off, unlikely to be repeated bottlings. While exciting, they can be a marketing person’s nightmare as there is no continuity!

The ‘Te Awanga Estate’ brand is a Hawke’s Bay focussed one that encompasses wines that are elegant, fresh and aromatic in character, reflecting the style that emanates from fruit frown in the cooler, coastal sub-region. Te Awanga is where Rod has his home vineyard and cellar door. Many of the wines come from the 17 ha vineyard there, but a little confusingly, the wines under this brand can employ fruit from other vineyard sites. It’s all about the style for Rod, and once understood, it’s easy to follow. www.teawangaestate.co.nz

Here I review the new One Off ‘Clone Wars’ Chardonnay 2017, and the Te Awanga Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Pinot Noir 2015 and Merlot/Cabernet Franc 2014, all from Hawke’s Bay fruit.


  • One Off ‘Clone Wars’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2017
  • Te Awanga Estate Hawke’s Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2017
  • Te Awanga Estate Hawke’s Bay Pinot Noir 2015
  • Te Awanga Estate Hawke’s Bay Merlot/Cabernet Franc 2014

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