FIVE STARS 19/20 | Candice Chow, Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
One of Bob Campbell MW's Top 100 Wineries of New Zealand 2023
Chateau Garage is the exciting small batch project of Ollie Powrie - former Head Viticulturist for Villa Maria and well known character on the Hawke's Bay wine scene. Few people have such impeccable grower contacts as Ollie so Chateau Garage was always going to be blessed with great fruit - and these first releases mark an auspicious debut from a 'micro-brand' that is well worth watching.
2021 was an excellent growing season in the Bay. Perfectly ripe cabernet was sourced from the famed Cornerstone Vineyard and handcrafted into this bespoke, concentrated wine. It's been made in a serious, structured style that deserves cellar time to be seen at its best. Enjoy with your wine aware friends over the coming decade when the occasion calls for something special. RECOMMENDED.
The winery writes "Aromas of fresh chocolate, Bengal tobacco and black olive with an intense palate of wild berries, bramble and seductive tannins."
Candice Chow writes "Deep, full ruby-red, lighter on the rim. This has an alluring, rich bouquet, greeted with cedar, spice, fragrant new oak, overlying cassis, plums, mint and pencil shavings. Full-bodied, succulent, pure aromas of cassis, plums intertwined with mint, tar, cedar, clove and nutmeg. The flavours of fruit are pure with excellent depth; integrated acidity lengthens the palate with mint and spice elements. Quality, fine-grained, chocolaty tannin provides a structured, velvety mouthfeel. The wine shows impressive structure and concentration and is built to last."