One Off Hawke’s Bay Syrah/Cabernet/Sangiovese 2013

Rod McDonald has a number of philosophical approaches covered with his different ranges of wines. The ‘Quarter Acre’ and ‘’Blanket Hills’ wines explore the best and more flavoursome expressions of Hawke’s Bay respectively, while the ‘Te Awanga Estate’ and ‘Two Gates’ show regionality and climate. It is the ‘One Off’ wines that will interest the wine enthusiast with a sense of adventure, willing to try something new all the time. Rod makes small lots of individual wines following his heart’s desire, the fruit deemed interesting, whether from kept separate or blended, and made without the constraints imposed by brands and set styles. This can often involve more risky winemaking. The only drawback is that the wines are truly ‘one-off’ and not repeatable. However many consumers will like that. Here, I review a Hawke’s Bay red blend of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese from the outstanding 2013 vintage. Those who want to pigeon-hole the wine could say it is based on the ‘Super Tuscan’ model. www.rmwines.co.nz


  • One Off Hawke’s Bay Syrah/Cabernet Sauvignon/Sangiovese 2013

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