Quarter Acre Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2017


The ‘Quarter Acre’ label of Rod McDonald is his premium expression of Hawke’s Bay varieties and regionality. Invariably they are sophisticated with richness, textures and complexities that see them awarded well in shows an tastings. I’m impressed by the wines. Rod has undergone a subtle changing of the name of his winegrowing business of late, changing from ‘Rod McDonald Wines’ to ‘Te Awanga Estate’. This reflects the 17 ha home vineyard in the coastal district of Te Awanga which provides some of his best fruit. It is also where the cellar door is sited. Rod still operates the Hawke’s Bay Wine Company in the Pandora district of Napier, and this is where most of his winemaking activity occurs. But the Te Awanga Estate will grow in importance in that respect in the future. Already much of the administrative operations are now handled from Te Awanga. Here, I review the new release 2017 Quarter Acre Chardonnay. It has a high quality feel about it, but I believe some bottle-age will be very beneficial for it. www.teawangaestate.co.nz


  • Quarter Acre Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2017

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