One Off Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2014

30-Mar-2015
The Rod McDonald ‘One Off’ range of wines encompasses limited quantities of unique bottlings that fall outside the main styles produced under the Rod McDonald umbrella. It allows for the capture of small parcels of fruit from sites that become available only once, and the label enables Rod a degree of freedom in winemaking expression that explores innovation without conforming to convention or what the market dictates.

Today’s winemakers, wine judges, sommeliers and writers are generally proponents of the more elegant, food-friendly, minerally style of Chardonnay. However, as most retailers will report, there are still many consumers who hanker for the big, golden, buttery, toasty Chardonnays that make a statement. Rod points out he’s into the new wave style, but also appreciates the more traditional, old-fashioned wines. The One Off Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2014 is a nod to the "big, bold and buttery” Chardonnays of yesteryear, but without going ‘over the top’. It should develop greater richness and boldness with bottle-age. www.rmwines.co.nz

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