18.5/20 POINTS | Joelle Thomson
Quarter Acre Wines are a personal showcase for one of Hawkes Bay's most respected winemakers - Rod McDonald - and all bear his signature style. Quarter Acre are plush, richly flavoured wines that offer the sort of generosity and drinkability other winemakers aspire to - but seldom achieve. They come highly recommended.
Joelle Thomson writes "A big Syrah with elegance and complex spice, black pepper and wild berry aromas all intermingled in a full-bodied wine with a history of great ageing, despite its relatively affordable price. Impressively, this wine is made entirely from hand-picked grapes grown on hillside vineyards planted in a mix of different Syrah clones, which accentuates its complexity and elegance."
The winery writes "Aromas of rich Black Doris plum, violet, fragrant spice and bramble. Beautiful complexity and texture with earthy flavours of black cherry, cocoa and tobacco. The palate is fleshy and the tannins chalky, with underlying power and precision. It is vibrant and youthful with an elegant acid backbone that lends itself to wonderful aging potential."