Quarter Acre Syrah 2018
- New Zealand, 750ml
Aromas of violet, boysenberry and bramble with a palate that is complex and textural with flavours of thyme, dark plum and earth. The palate is fleshy and the tannins chalky, with underlying power and precision.
- Winery: Te Awanga Estate - Rod McDonald
- Varietal: Syrah
- Region: Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
- Vintage: 2018
- Alcohol: 13%
- Volume: 750ml
- Closure: Screwcap
Food match: Lamb roast, beef, game meat, pork & pepperoni; tuna & salmon; pizza; BBQ & heavy red sauces; bleu-veined cheeses
With a light touch, moderate not meddlesome, Quarter Acre wines are guided rather than driven, and largely left to do their own thing with natural ferments, no additives, long lees aging and minimal or no filtration.
Te Awanga, with its sea views and breezes, coastal loams and salty air, is the main line for Te Awanga. The vineyards, the people, the winemaking, the tinkering, the thinking, the planning and dreaming – these moving parts all eventually arrive at the one point – Te Awanga. It’s where it all comes together.
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 cellar-hand doing my 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 he landed, settled in and started to dig into what makes great wine taste like where it comes from.
This is how it’s played out for Rod…so far.
- 92 Points - Richard Caro
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