GOLD MEDAL & 95/100 | Decanter 2023
GOLD MEDAL | HB Wine Awards 2023
GOLD MEDAL | NZIWS 2023
GOLD MEDAL | NWAA 2023
A dense, full-bodied Merlot, exploding with dark berry and plum flavours. The powerhouse producer Church Road have done it again. Expect to be impressed.
Church Road's McDonald Series is a celebration of pioneering winemaker Tom McDonald's entrepreneurial spirit. The wines are complex, textural and full of character.
The winery writes "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."