The Quarter Acre Section is an excellent Bordeaux variety blend from hillside vineyards around the Tuki Tuki river in Hawkes Bay.
Winery notes (2018 Vintage)
"Deep in colour, this blend is a dense mouthful with red and dark fruits, florals and dried herbs. The palate is full and plush with all important drinkability and balance. The tannins are fine and ripe and the finish is long. This wine shows a bright, youthful elegance but will benefit from careful cellaring.
Grapes for this wine were grown on hillside vineyards with views over the Tukituki river and old river terraces. The 2018 season was set up with a calm, hot summer and was followed by a warm Autumn. The vineyards are managed organically and vine yield was kept low.
The original concept behind the Quarter Acre brand was the tie in between smaller specialised blocks where the Quarter Acre grapes are grown and something quintessentially ‘kiwi’ (without being too kitsch) hence ‘Quarter Acre’ derived from the ‘Quarter Acre Section’ – the original kiwi dream. It was then decided that the new blend was going to be more than Merlot and Malbec, with a trial run with all varietals on the label but it looked ridiculous so it was decided that it needed a name instead hence ‘Section’ came about."
93/100 Bob Campbell MW, November 2019 (2018 Vintage)
"Mellow, fruity red with blackberry, raspberry, violet and spicy oak flavours. A ripe and appealing wine that's accessible now but no rush. Drink 2019 – 2025."
91/100 Joe Czerwinski, Parker's Wine Advocate (2018 Vintage)
"Aromas of tobacco, black cherries and cassis emerge on the nose of the 2018 Quarter Acre Section. It's a pretty classic Bordeaux-styled blend, being medium-bodied, nicely proportioned and structured, with hints of toasty oak in the background and ripe, velvety tannins that linger on the finish. It should drink well for at least 6-7 years. Drink 2020 – 2027."