Te Awanga Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer and Two Gates Gewurztraminer 2014

The development of a wine brand, the philosophy behind it, and the style of wine that represents it must be clear so that the consumer can understand and make a connection with it. Rod McDonald is going through this process with a number of his Hawke’s Bay labels and is gradually approaching his goal. The ‘Te Awanga Estate’ wines are based on the 17 ha coastal vineyard established in 1994. While the Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Merlot wines are made solely from the fruit from the home site, there are others that are from fruit from further inland. The essence of the brand is that the wines are ‘coastal’ in style, being cool, clear, aromatic, elegant and fruit-driven. The grapes from the other sites are not only selected for these traits, but handled in the winery to maximise these qualities.

The ‘Two Gates’ brand was acquired by Rod in 2012 and represents a warmer and more complex style of wine reflecting his organic vineyard in Maraekakaho. The vineyard is in the process of conversion to BioGro accreditation. Here, Rod is applying more sophisticated winemaker inputs such as indigenous yeast ferments and work with puncheons to increase textures and complexities, and show a style of richness. Rod hasn’t got to where he’s heading yet, but he has "a clear idea where we want to take the ‘Te Awanga’ range compared to the ‘Two Gates’ range, so hopefully the wines will reflect that”. Here, I review three 2014 aromatic wines under the two labels. www.rmwines.co.nz


  • Te Awanga Estate Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2014
  • Te Awanga Estate Hawke’s Bay Gewurztraminer 2014
  • Two Gates Hawke’s Bay Gewurztraminer 2014

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