Church Road McDonald Series Hawke’s Bay Tempranillo 2013
From the star grape of Rioja, in Spain, this is a five-star wine at a four-star price. A powerful, dark red, it was estate-grown in the Redstone Vineyard, in the Bridge Pa Triangle, harvested at over 24 brix, barrel-aged, and bottled unfined and unfiltered. Still very youthful, it is sturdy (14.5 per cent alcohol), with generous blackcurrant, plum and spice flavours, in a very concentrated but accessible style, with gentle acidity and tannins. Deliciously rich, savoury and soft, it should mature well.
Fromm Clayvin Vineyard Marlborough Chardonnay 2013
Fromm’s finest Chardonnay is grown on the southern flanks of the Wairau Valley, where the clay soils, says winemaker Hatsch Kalberer, give ‘a less fruity, more minerally and tighter character.’ It’s a rare wine – only three barrels were produced in 2013. Pale lemon/green, it has a highly fragrant, complex bouquet. Already delicious, it is very refined and harmonious, with concentrated, ripe, grapefruit-like flavours, a subtle seasoning of oak, a slightly creamy texture, and lovely delicacy, poise and persistence. Best drinking 2017+.

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