July 25th 2017
Stars rise across our Church Road Grand Reserve range…
We welcome two 5 star accolades from Michael Cooper
It seems Hawke’s Bay is fast becoming recognised internationally for its outstanding quality Syrah, alongside a long-standing reputation for producing some of New Zealand’s best quality Chardonnay. Acclaimed wine writer Michael Cooper recently awarded a number of glowing reviews across three of our premium Church Road wine ranges in Winestate Magazine. Leading the reviews were two 5 star accolades for Church Road Grand Reserve Chardonnay and Church Road Grand Reserve Syrah 2015, both described as “well worth cellaring and full of potential”.
Following suit was Church Road McDonald Series Chardonnay 2016 and Church Road McDonald Series Merlot 2014, both worthy of 4.5 stars and a cellaring recommendation for ideal drinking from 2018 onwards. Lastly, it seems that the crafting of remarkable Sauvignon Blanc isn’t strictly limited to the Marlborough region, with our Church Road Hawke’s Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2016 also landing a 4.5 star accolade..
Church Road Grand Reserve Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2015 – 5 Stars
This powerful, multifaceted wine was hand-harvested and barrel-fermented with indigenous yeasts. The bouquet is highly fragrant, with a hint of ‘struck match’; the palate mouthfilling and generous, with concentrated, ripe stonefruit flavours, showing excellent complexity, harmony and length. Already delicious, it’s also well worth cellaring.
Church Road Grand Reserve Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2015 – 5 Stars
Full of potential, this rich, sturdy red was grown in the Bridge Pa Triangle and the Gimblett Gravels, matured for 17 months in French oak casks, and bottled unfiltered. Powerful yet elegant, it is still very youthful, with dense plum and black pepper flavours, finely integrated oak, good tannin backbone and a highly fragrant, spicy bouquet. Best drinking 2019 onwards.
Church Road McDonald Series Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016 – 4 ½ Stars
Fragrant, with a complex, slightly smoky bouquet, this classy wine was grown principally in the Tuki Tuki Valley and mostly fermented and lees-aged for seven months in French and Hungarian oak barriques. Bright, light lemon/green, it is mouthfilling and youthful, with generous, ripe grapefruit/peach flavours, toasty and yeasty notes adding complexity, and good potential; open 2018+.
Church Road McDonald Series Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2014 – 4 ½ Stars
This is a powerful, very ripe-tasting, sturdy red. Deep and youthful in colour, it is fragrant, rich and supple, with very generous plum/spice flavours, hints of licorice and nuts, well-integrated oak and gentle tannins. Best drinking 2019+.
Church Road Hawke’s Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2016 – 4 ½ Stars
This skilfully crafted wine was mostly estate grown in the elevated, relatively cool Matapiro Vineyard, matured for three months on its full yeast lees, and partly (6%) barrel-fermented. Freshly scented, it is mouthfilling and dry, with strong, vibrant, tropical fruit flavours to the fore, balanced acidity, slightly salty and minerally notes adding complexity, and a lively, lasting finish.