Chris Scott. Photo by Charmian Smith.
Church Road Winery in Hawkes Bay has introduced a new
series of wine to celebrate its founder, Tom McDonald.
McDonald (1907-1987) was a leader in the New Zealand wine
industry in the 1960s and 1970s, making the first serious
cabernet sauvignon and other varietal table wines which
opened the eyes of the Australian and New Zealand wine
industries to the potential of Hawkes Bay.
While Church Road's most prestigious wines, a cabernet
sauvignon merlot and a chardonnay are called Tom, the
McDonald series of wines, priced at $33, sits between the
regular and the reserve Church Road ranges.
There's an integrated, creamy chardonnay, a well-structured
pinot gris, a textural sauvignon blanc, a plush merlot, a
rich, focused cabernet sauvignon, and three wines only
available in restaurants and at the cellar door: a fragrant
sauvignon gris, a peppery syrah and a rich-fruited but rustic
marzemino - a red variety from northern Italy that did
particularly well in their trials of various Italian
varieties, according to winemaker Chris Scott.
- Charmian Smith