Celebrating a 120 year milestone
The release of three iconic wines honours a revered Hawke’s Bay winemaking pioneer and coincides with the 120th anniversary of Church Road Winery.
Church Road Winery in Hawke’s Bay is celebrating it 120th anniversary with the release of three meticulously crafted TOM wines from the exceptional 2014 vintage.
Traditional Hawke’s Bay varietals chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon and merlot are once again joined by syrah, the region’s rising star, which is gaining global acclaim.
“Church Road TOM is made only in the best vintages, and we were not expecting to have back-to-back outstanding vintages following the highly regarded 2013 season,” says chief winemaker Chris Scott.
“But the 2014 season had excellent amounts of rainfall over summer and a long, dry autumn, which allowed exceptional flavours and ripeness to develop. The wines are showing much greater generosity and plushness compared with the more focused wines from the previous vintage.”
Named in honour of Hawke’s Bay winemaking legend
Tom McDonald (1907-1987), TOM wines are crafted to age gracefully for many years.
“In crafting the Church
Road TOM range, we draw on centuries-old winemaking techniques to transform our Hawke’s Bay fruit into awardwinning wines,” says Scott.
Complex and powerful, Church Road TOM Chardonnay 2014 is built around a core of opulent orchard fruit. Woven through this are notes of roasted hazelnut and toasted brioche along with a wisp of wood smoke and struck flint. Texturally, the wine leads with a seductive fruit richness and finishes with finely balanced acidity and a slate-like mineral feel. The overall impression is one of power, linearity and great depth.
The Church Road TOM Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 is a full-bodied blend, built to age with the supple richness of merlot and the serious structure of cabernet sauvignon. It combines rich, ripe, dark fruit with beguiling, lifted aromatics of violet, sandalwood and cedar, while subtle notes of cacao, vanilla and dried currant bring an element of luxuriousness.
The second vintage of Church Road TOM Syrah 2014 exhibits layers of dark berry and cherry fruit supported by lifted violet perfume, warm exotic spice and notes of dusty cacao, vanilla, smoky charcuterie and a subtle underlying earthiness. On the palate, the wine manages both plushness and elegance with a silky texture supported by fine, powdery tannins that draw the wine out, lending great length to the finish.
“It is fitting the wines that epitomise our winemaking skill are being released at the same time that we celebrate our history as one of the oldest wineries in New Zealand,” says Scott.
Each bottle of Church Road TOM is individually numbered and hand finished, with its own presentation gift box. Limited volumes of the wines are available from fine-wine retailers and our cellar door at an RRP of $150 for the chardonnay and $200 for the red varietals, and from selected on-premise outlets.
FAR LEFT— Tom McDonald with his draught horse Prince at the winery in 1939.
BELOW— The trio of newly released Church Road TOM 2014 wine: Syrah, Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.
LEFT— Chris Scott, Church Road’s chief winemaker.