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