Te Awanga ‘Estate’ and ‘Parkhill Road’ Sauvignon Blanc 2015

04-Apr-2016
Sauvignon Blanc is, to many people’s surprise, the third most planted variety in Hawke’s Bay, just a little behind Merlot and Chardonnay. There is far less fuss and noise about the wines, much like the style, as compared to the Sauvignon Blancs of Marlborough. Somewhat riper in expression with stonefruit flavours and tropical fruit notes, the wines have good textures and lend themselves to oak and other winemaker inputs. There is a real appreciation for the more stylish and sophisticated bottlings from Hawke’s Bay. Rod McDonald’s ‘Te Awanga Estate’ brand focusses on the more elegant and fruit-focussed, aromatic expressions, reflecting the coastal nature of the home vineyard at Te Awanga. For 2015, he has released an ‘Estate’ Sauvignon Blanc as well as a ‘Parkhill Road’ wine, the fruit for both wines sourced from the ‘Te Awanga Estate’. The ‘Estate’ wine has 15% fruit from another vineyard and 0.5 g/L more residual sugar, whereas the ‘Parkhill Road’ wine is a single vineyard wine, named after the road where the vineyard is situated. They are very interesting to compare. www.rmwines.co.nz

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Te Awanga Estate Hawke’s Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2015
  • Te Awanga Estate ‘Parkhill Road’ Hawke’s Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2015

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