Church Road Hawkes Bay
Compared with MONTANA’s vast Marlborough vineyard estates, the Church Road winery in Hawkes Bay is a (relatively) small separate entity. Red wines have been developed under guidance from Bordeaux négociant Cordier. A regular Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon is soundly made but usually wants for a little more richness and ripeness, while a Reserve of the same blend shows good extract and becomes increasingly Bordeaux-like with 5 years’ age. An extensive range of varietals are also now released under the Church Road McDonald Series banner. Church Road’s winemaker, Chris Scott, also fashions Montana’s flagship red, Tom, named after Tom McDonald, the pioneer of Cabernet in Hawkes Bay. Made from Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, this complex, cedary red is more Bordeaux than Hawkes Bay and has excellent dimension and depth but requires patience.
To find out more about Church Road and their wines, and to see how we reviewed and rated their wines you can check out the Wine Guide New Zealand..
Or indeed you can check out the new extensively updated 9th edition Wine Behind the Label Wine Guide that is 2250 pages, it reviews around 4000 vineyards and over 30,000 wines.