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Rod McDonald Wines

Rod McDonald Wines is the passion of winemaker Rod McDonald and a family owned wine business. Everything Rod and his team does are based on their love for making wine and reflects the love for the place they call home - Hawke’s Bay. With enduring energy and drive, they are seeking to make world class wines.

Rod McDonald Wines farm around 70 hectares of vineyards in the Hawke’s Bay and Te Awanga Estate is home to its cellar door.

The Hawke’s Bay region has a varied landscape providing an environment to grow a number of different varieties and wine styles. One of Hawke’s Bays greatest strengths is its geographical and climatic diversity and that’s why they love making wine here.

Rod McDonald Vineyards

Growing Merlot, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc at the coast where the maritime climate ensures a bright acidity and long growing season. At their inland vineyard at Bridge Pa, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah grow as these are their hottest blocks and have enough heat to ripen these varieties fully.

At their highest and most inland vineyard, closer to the mountains, they grow Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. Cooler nights here provide the vines with the conditions they need to produce fragrant, complex and concentrated wines.

The Wines

Trademark

Rod McDonald passionately believes that Chardonnay and Syrah grown within the region will become the most important red and white varieties raised in Hawke's Bay. They’ll become the "Hawke's Bay trademarks". With Trademark, Rod produces the best possible Chardonnay and Syrah he can. Only made in a good vintage, with fairly small quantities.

Te Awanga

Te Awanga is a special place. Planted 25 years ago by a group of friends in one of Hawke's Bay's oldest wine growing areas. They dreamt of making the region's greatest wines. Today, Rod's team is still working on it but believe their vineyard by the coast truly captures something unique. Te Awanga Estate is a range of single estate wines that are rich, mouthfilling and long-lived.

Tasting Notes
Please download the tasting notes here
tasting notes rod mcdonald.pdf (434.56KB)
Tasting Notes
Please download the tasting notes here
tasting notes rod mcdonald.pdf (434.56KB)