2013 Quarter Acre Merlot-Malbec (Bordeaux Blend) Hawke's Bay

SKU #1211443 95 points Bob Campbell

 **Top Ten Rising Star Winemaker** This is a dynamic producer making very good wines that, I believe are destined for greatness. Very smart red with rich, concentrated dark berry, plum, vanilla and chocolate/mocha flavours. Mouth-filling wine that is very easy to appreciate. Delicious wine with a promising future, although it is very accessible right now.  (4/2015)

92-93 points Raymond Chan

 A field blend of approx. 80% Merlot, 15% Malbec and 5% Cabernet Franc from the organic ‘Havelock North’ vineyard, co-fermented by indigenous yeasts to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 16 months in 50% new French oak barriques. Very full, dark, black-hued ruby-red colour with youthfully purple edge. This has a softly packed nose of ripe dark plums intermixed with savoury herb, earth and game-like aromas, unfolding lifted spices in the glass. Medium-full bodied, the palate features sweetly ripe, lusciously juicy black plum fruit flavours complexed by layers of earth, dried herbs and game. The fruit is lifted by savoury red florals and nutty oak. This has a fulsome mouthfeel with firm tannin extraction and plenty of grip, the acidity lending a lively underlying flow. The wine carries to a long, textured, robust and lingering finish. This is a full, solid Merlot and Malbec blend with ripe, dark plummy fruit and savoury earthy layers. Serve with casseroles and slow cooked game meat dishes over the next 7-9 years.  (3/2015)

93 points Sam Kim

 This is cracking good. The fragrant bouquet shows pristine fruit aromas of dark plum and blueberry with subtle nuances of floral and cedary oak. The concentrated and focused palate is finely textured and beautifully weighted, brilliantly framed by abundance of supple tannins. Very attractive now and promising to develop gracefully. At its best: now to 2022.  (4/2015)

K&L Notes

Master of Wine Bob Campbell (New Zealand's preeminent wine writer) just included Rod McDonald in his "Top Ten Rising Star" winemakers. Saying things like: "This is a dynamic producer making very good wines that I believe are destined for greatness." What to know about the Winery: "Quarter Acre is a collection of single vineyard wines that represent the ground and place they came from while at the same time tell a story about making wine in Hawke's Bay. Since 2006, we’ve been searching out Hawke’s Bay’s best vineyards and using a light touch to make wines that truly represent the ground and place they come from. We want to make wines with great individual character; wines that we love to drink. Like the vines we work with, Quarter Acre is an idea firmly planted in New Zealand."

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Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/7/2015 | Send Email
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** Update** We just managed to secure some more cases fo this wine at an even lower Direct Import price. This dynamite deal just got even better! This wine is focused, powerful and pure. A great "new world" expression of a classic Right Bank Bordeaux style. Deep red to blue fruits, lifted spice, mint, a dash of cassis and cigar box notes. Great tension between the richness and saturation of fruit with the brightness of the acidity and fine but persistent tannins. Exceptional value for the quality and refinement in the bottle. Sourced from a single, organic, hillside vineyard in the Havelock Hills, Hawke's Bay. Expertly made by award-winning winemaker Rod McDonald. This should be on everyone must try list, the value for money is astounding.
Top Value! Drink from 2015 to 2020

Staff Image By: Dave Genevro | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/5/2015 | Send Email
Dark red and purple, a refreshing juiciness complements the healthy and silky tannin structure. With some leafy greens and dark fruits with spices on the nose, this is a great, approachable and intriguing Bordeaux-style blend from the cooler climate Hawke's Bay.

Staff Image By: Jim Chanteloup | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/28/2015 | Send Email
Wow, there is a lot of bang for the buck in this wine. After co-fermenting the Merlot, Malbec and a touch of Cabernet Franc, the wine spent 16 months in French oak to marry the flavors and integrate the wood. The bouquet soars with dark plum, blueberry, black cherry, cassis and a hint of bittersweet chocolate. The palate walks a fine line with a plush texture and entry framed by just enough backbone to add a more serious character accented by earth and spice. There is superb balance and length that's simply tough to beat for the price.

Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/14/2015 | Send Email
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I find it so refreshing to find a wine like this, balanced, invigorating and lively on the palate. The nose is a inviting blend of plumy Merlot and leathery Malbec, combining to form a complex mix of spice and earth. The wine lifts on the palate and is full of energy, vibrant yet supple. Long finish. I'd love to try this wine with a beef bourguignon!
Drink from 2015 to 2023

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- New Zealand is an extremely diverse wine-growing nation. The long history of producing wine started in the 1830s with wineries such as Mission Estate (1850) and Te Mata Estate (1896) still producing wine today. The two islands hold a multitude of different growing climates ranging from warmer areas such as Hawke’s Bay to very cool regions such as Waitaki, and Awatere. Most regions are defined as Maritime with the exception being Central Otago that has a moderate Continental climate with the high elevation creating dramatic diurnal swings in temperature. The plethora of grapes grown in New Zealand reflects this diverse microclimate make up. Everything has a place here, Bordeaux varietals and Syrah in Hawke’s Bay, Chardonnay and Pinot in Nelson, Pinot Noir and Riesling in Central Otago , aromatic whites in Waipara and pretty much everything you can imagine in Marlborough. New Zealand is also one of the “greenest” wine producing nations on earth (94% of wine certified sustainable in 2013) with a strong focus on organic and Biodynamic farming.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5