2013 Rod McDonald Wines Trademark Syrah
Stock Location: Cellar
Soft and slightly jammy syrah with plum, prune, liquorice, tar, black pepper and spicy oak flavours. Certainly a very concentrated wine, but it seems slightly overripe and porty. Very accessible - it's a "big friendly giant."
92 points - Bob Campbell MW
Soft and slightly jammy syrah with plum, prune, liquorice, tar, black pepper and spicy oak flavours. Certainly a very concentrated wine, but it seems slightly overripe and porty. Very accessible - it's a "big friendly giant." 92 points - Bob Campbell MW
Very dark, deep, near impenetrable black-red colour with youthful purple hues, a little lighter on the rim. This has a powerfully concentrated nose with a deep and intense heart of ripe blackberry fruit entwined with layers of black pepper, liquorice, Asian spices, tar and minerals, unfolding dark red and violet florals. The nose has great penetration and waves of intermingling detail. Medium-full bodied, the palate is elegantly proportioned, but very concentrated, unfolding rich, luscious and succulent flavours of ripe blackberry fruits along with black pepper, liquorice, spices and piquant florals. Mineral and earth elements add complexing detail. The fruit is supported by very fine-grained, flowery tannins providing considerable extraction, structure and mouthfeel. The fruit sweetness and textures are in wonderful balance, with integrated acidity adding to the richness and energy. The palate carries to a very long and sustained finish with rich fruit and firm, fine grip. This is a 97 points - Raymond Chan
How’s it taste?
This medium-bodied Syrah shows great depth of flavour and complexity. There are aromas and flavours of violet, spice and black cherry with subtle white pepper notes, while supple chalky tannins provide structure and great ageing potential.
Who made it?
About 25 years ago, Rod McDonald arrived in Hawke’s Bay with a love for making wine and everything he owned packed into the back seat of a small car. A green-horn cellarhand doing his time on the winery floor, and frankly loving every minute of it. No amount of day-dreaming then could have predicted that a patch of dirt on the East Coast of the North Island, New Zealand, would be where Rod landed, settled in and started to dig into what makes great wine taste like where it comes from. Now branded as Te Awanga Estate, Rod and his team continue to produce beautiful wines from Hawke's Bay across a variety of different styles, all of which showcase the Hawke's Bay region to the fullest degree.