Previous vintages of Church Road McDonald Series Merlot have picked up multiple Trophies and Gold Medals from New Zealand wine shows and around the globe. A wine that is quickly becoming a New Zealand classic, there is value plus to be found here. From a good Hawkes Bay vintage, the 2017 continues to build on the growing reputation of Church Road wines. A wine with rich plum and berry fruit is complemented by lifted floral aromas and underpinned by a savoury oak and earthy complexity. The palate is rich and long driven by a firm, fine-grained tannin structure.
Winery notes (2017 Vintage)
"This is a serious, multidimensional Merlot. The heart of this wine is its dense, brooding plum and dark berry fruit. The palate is rich, weighty and long driven by a firm yet fine-grained tannin structure. A hard grape to grow and make well, Merlot performs to the highest standard in only a handful of viticultural regions around the globe. One of those regions is Hawke’s Bay where it excels in our moderate climate, when grown with care and respect on the right soil types. This Merlot is well matched to game and red meats, cured meats and other savoury, robustly flavoured dishes. It is highly recommended to cellar this wine as it will continue to benefit from aging, however will still provide satisfying drinking now."
Reviews for the 2016 vintage below…
5 Stars Michael Cooper (2016 Vintage)
"The 2016 vintage is a rich, savoury, smooth red, still unfolding. Merlot-based (92 per cent), with a splash of Cabernet Sauvignon (8 per cent), it was grown in the Bridge Pa Triangle (mostly) and the Gimblett Gravels, and matured for 18 months in Hungarian and French oak barrels (28 per cent new). Deep and youthful in colour, it is fragrant and full-bodied, with dense, ripe plum, blackcurrant and spice flavours, finely integrated oak, and a very harmonious, lingering finish. Best drinking 2022+."