Rod McDonald Trademark Syrah
This is where the story starts. In 1993 I arrived in Hawke’s Bay with a love for making wine and everything I owned packed into the boot of a small car. The plan was to figure out where to plant the best small vineyards as the first step towards unlocking the full potential of Syrah grown and raised in Hawke’s Bay. We’re up to four so far.
I first visited the Northern Rhône, the spiritual home of great Syrah, in 1995 and was blown backwards by the richness of the wines and the stories they told, by the unlikeliness of the vineyard plantings and the investment both financial and human.
By this international yardstick, we’re only just beginning to explore what’s possible here in Hawke’s Bay. Syrah, more than any other red grape variety planted here, tells a story about where it was grown and who made it. I believe it will become the most important red grape variety in Hawke’s Bay. It’ll become our trademark.
About the Producer
Rod McDonald Wines is a family-owned wine business born out of a love of making wine and of the place they call home, Hawke’s Bay. Winemaker Rod McDonald spent nine years as winemaker at Vidal Estate in Hawke’s Bay and was awarded New Zealand Winemaker of the Year in 2006. He left later that ...