Trademark Syrah 2011 -Rod McDonald Hawkes Bay New Zealand

100% New Zealand Syrah - very ripe on the nose -complex violets, black cherry and plum fruits - lingering flavours

Lets not be shy -this is a corker and no mistake-When Rod MacDonald went out on his own after many years making wine for Vidal, he knew he was going to focus on Syrah. He predicted (quite rightly) that it was the long term future of Hawkes Bay - and this Trademark Syrah is his first no-holds-barred attempt at making it. A wine of phenomenal beauty, concentration, size and exotic spice - incredibly dense and layered on the nose, with exotic Eastern spices, dark fruits, florals, liquorice and cracked pepper.


Rod McDonald -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.

So this is it.  Our Trademark Syrah.  Only made in a good vintage, it hasn't been seen since 2007 (formerly known as No.8), with a fairly small print run.  It's a drinker and a keeper. Made from 100% Hawke's Bay gold.