In-House (semi-secret) Tasting Notes.
Quarter Acre 2019 Syrah
Bob Campbell MW, 93 points.
A Syrah with super-star pedigree (the world-beating 2015 Quarter Acre Syrah won the trophy at London’s International Wine Competition for Best Red Wine of Show). Aromas of rich Black Doris plum, violet, fragrant spice and bramble (yes, bramble!). Flavours of black cherry, cocoa and tobacco. 100% Syrah power.
Try smokey bbq sauce pulled jackfruit tacos topped with cashew cream and micro greens, or put away for up to 6 years.
Quarter Acre 2018 Section
Robert Parker 2020, 91 points.
Blend it like Rod! A blend of 43% Merlot, 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Malbec and a smidge of Cabernet Franc. Deep, dark and moody. Full and plush, ripe and finishing long. Dark fruits, florals and dried herbs. I mean, come on…!
Try steak frites with a lovely, beefy, buttery sauce and sautéed mushrooms, or put away for up to 6 years.
Quarter Acre 2020 Chardonnay
Grapes from Doc’s Block (20 years old) by the sea with a splash from both our Mangatahi and Te Awanga vineyards. Flinty gun smoke with ripe peach and nectarine on the nose with underlying fresh biscuit and popcorn tones. (Yep, popcorn). Rich + textural.
Try smoked kingfish with vegan aioli and a mixed herb salad, or put away for up to 6 years.
Quarter Acre 2019 Sauvignon Blanc
Michael Cooper, 4.5 stars.
Sauvignon Blanc dreams leap out at you with lime juice, grapefruit pith and lemongrass – this wine has a chalkiness balanced by a richness and complexity. Go HB Sauv!
Try with fresh smoked kahawai, slow roasted fennel and a dill aioli, or put away for up to 5 years.
The Loom 2019 Syrah
Bob Campbell MW, 91 points.
Violet, lifted spice and dried herbs on the nose. Medium weight with great concentration and texture and a little tightness which promises a long life and gathering complexity (don’t we all?!). Dark plum, spice and earthy characters all layer across soft, supple tannin and balanced acidity. High-powered stuff.
Try briefly cooked venison with a thyme, juniper, cracked pepper jus and mashed potatoes on the side, or put away for up to 10 years.
The Loom 2019 Chardonnay
Bob Campbell MW, 93 points. “It has a deliciously ethereal texture.”
A coastal Chardonnay from the home block a stones-throw away from the sea. Flinty, generous, mouth filling, with stone fruit and lemon.
Try with a pot full of mussels gently cooked in white wine, lemon, coriander and butter, or put away for up to 5 years.
One Off Uncensored 2020 Organic Chardonnay
Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, 93 points.
More mineral and nougat than fruity, with no oak involved. Stripped bare and left to do its own thing, it’s a pure, uncensored expression of a Hawke’s Bay Chardy and we bl**dy love it!
Try with a pile of oven roasted honey, thyme + balsamic parsnips topped with BBQed chicken thighs, or put away for up to 7 years.
One Off On the Fly Field Blend 2020 – New Release
A blend of Pinot Gris, Viognier + Gewürztraminer, mixed in the field which is a less exacting proposition than blending after ferment with time to dabble. Exotic and perfumed, ginger, nashi, with nectarine at its heart. It’s fleshy, chalky with a smooth, plump finish. 100% seat of the pants and on the fly!
Try with a plate of fresh mozzarella loaded with thinly sliced pears, olive oil and honey, or put away for up to 4 years.
One Off Beginning to End Cabernet Franc 2019
Rod gets asked all the time for a straight Cabernet Franc, but being honest, he says it’s not an easy thing to do well with this grape, balancing the wine from beginning to end. This is done well! Deep in colour with raspberry and floral perfume, a silky palate with a little tobacco and black pepper spice. Front to back delicious!
Try with grilled artichoke heads basted with lemon, garlic, olive oil, S+P, then dipped into vegan aioli, or put away for up to 7 years.
One Off Silky Smooth Organic 2018 Sangiovese Cabernet Sauvignon
Gold medal 2020 NZ Organic Wine Awards.
Drink by the fireside or gently chilled on a hot summer’s day (yes, really). Organic, perfumed yet earthy, flowers and tobacco, powerful and so silky smooth.
Try field mushrooms sautéed in e.v. olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and plenty of parsley atop some crusty French bread, or put away for up to 5 years.
One Off Stuff & Nonsense Organic 2018 Pinot Noir
93/100 Bob Campbell.
If you think Hawke’s Bay has no business being in the Pinot Noir game, think again! Tobacco, violet and subtle earthy characters before you dive in, followed by vibrant, dancing silky dark plum flavours as you take the plunge. Great stuff!
Try with a venison burger using Ya Bon brioche buns, caramelized onions, smokey tomato relish and chunky fries, or put away for up to 5 years.
One Off Smoke & Mirrors Organic 2018 Sauvignon Blanc
A Hawke’s Bay Sauv Blanc with a little age: limey, grapefruity, chalky, salty, layered and down-right delicious! No full-frontal fruity sucker punch here, it’s opulent in texture and complex on the palate.
Try with the tried-and-true dozen oysters, either from Mahurangi or Coromandel, or put away for up to 3 years.
One Off Dark Night Organic 2018 Syrah
Sam Kim Wine Orbit, 5 Stars (93/100)
This smooth little Syrah snuck into the One Off stable before we moved on to our next series, it’s a lovely drop with a heart-warming back story about a tiny kitten and a little boy named Dario. Vibrant and silky with aromas of raspberries, violets and nutmeg.
Try a rack of lamb with star anise and thyme jus, crispy parsnips, honey + balsamic yams, or put away for up to 5 years.
Wildsong Sauvignon Blanc 2021
90/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit.
Think long summer days of sunshine in a glass! Grapes from two distinctly different vineyards – Mangatahi and Te Awanga – harvested early in the morning. Chalky, juicy and a lovely long, (mighty) fine finish!
Try with fresh, grilled octopus, doused in olive oil, coriander, lemon and thinly sliced capsicum, or put away for up to 4 years.
Wildsong Syrah 2020
91/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit.
Grown in the free draining soils of the Bridge Pā Triangle and finished with twelve months in seasoned French oak. Dark red fruits on the nose, with boysenberry, plum and dark roasted spices to follow. Bright + vibrant, fresh + lively…we love Syrah…aha!
Try with venison backstraps, flash BBQed, topped with a sauce of blackcurrant jam, or put away for up to 6 years.
Wildsong 2021 Chardonnay
90/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit.
From our Mangatahi vineyard at the base of the Ruahine Ranges, one of the highest growing areas in Hawke’s Bay. Floral, stone fruit, flowers, quince, and candied nuts (aha) followed by melon, a fantastic creamy texture, stone fruit and fresh pastries…oui!
Try with a creamy pea + parmesan wild rice risotto with a generous squeeze of lemon, or put away for up to 5 years.