FIVE STARS | Michael Cooper
96 POINTS | Cameron Douglas MS
Founded in 1897, Church Road has been at the forefront of Hawke's Bay winemaking and this year celebrates 125 years of passion and craft. With their current winemaker Chris Scott named as Winestate Magazine's New Zealand Winemaker of the Year an unprecedented four times, quality is guaranteed.
Vinted as a tribute to legendary vintner Tom McDonald, TOM is Church Road's ultra-premium flagship range. This multidimensional blend of cabernet sauvignon and merlot simultaneously shows great depth with dark, brooding flavours and beguiling, lifted aromatics. There is a rounded, seamless feel across the palate and a sense of subtle, lithe power without excessive heaviness. Buy with our highest recommendation - cellar with confidence.
Cameron Douglas MS writes "Complex and new, bold dark aromas of blackberry and baked plum, dark chocolate and toasty barrel with brown spices of clove and nutmeg. There’s an iron-sand scent with baked earth then wood smoke. Full-bodied with ripe, firm tannins and plenty of acidity, flavours of fresh and baked fruits reflect the bouquet, smoky wood, and chocolate. Lengthy, firm, youthful, still developing with tension and pause, a long finish, a wine to invest in. Best drinking form 2026 through 2040+."
The winery writes "A core of dark berry fruit and plum is lifted by top notes of rosewood, cedar and violet with a cooler fragrant hint of cardamom. A savoury dark earthy complexity and a thread of graphite brings a more serious, brooding undertone to the wine. On the palate the wine is medium/full bodied with gentle mid palate flesh, finishing with a long, fine, supple tannin structure."