Rod McDonald 2017 ‘Mister’ Rosé, ‘One Off’ Albarino, and 2016 Te Awanga Estate Chardonnay


Rod McDonald has remarkably grown his own wine venture to having many different brands that provide him and his clients alternative approaches and styles to making and enjoying wines respectively. In some ways, there’s something for everyone, and this is no doubt one of the reasons for the success of Rod’s business. Here, I review three wines under the ‘Rod McDonald’ umbrella, but with different branding. The 2017 ‘Mister’ Rosé is based on the unique figurine on the label, which has caught many people’s eye, and thus created a following. These wines are accessible in style and value. The 2017 ‘On Off’ Albarino is from the ‘One Off’ individual bottling range that is offered once and non-repeated. They can be experimental wines, and thus very exciting and possibly ground-breaking. The 2016 Te Awanga Estate Chardonnay is from the Rod’s stylistically elegant, aromatic and cool-spectrum focussed brand, which reflects the coastal style of the wines that come from this home vineyard by the ocean. The style is all-important, and the fruit can come from sites away from Te Awanga, but invariably they are ‘cooler’ in nature. www.rmwine.co.nz  www.teawangaestate.co.nz


  • Rod McDonald ‘Mister’ Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2017
  • One Off Hawke’s Bay Albarino 2017
  • Te Awanga Estate Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016

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