Wunderkind Hawke's Bay winemaker Rod McDonald, who now produces five labels out of the former Corbans winery at Napier, has hit the jackpot with a collection of one-off wines that have attracted the sort of attention that can quickly turn into a cult following.
The idea behind it (his idea) was simply to make, blend and bottle wines with a healthy disregard for tradition in some cases, for brand families, consumer research and marketing fundamentals.
"Ït's fun," he says."The only catch is that it is a one off...when it's gone, it's gone. There'll never be another!"
Among the latest releases:
One Off 2015 Gisborne Albarino, $24.95: Comes on the heels of a delicious 2014 summer white that included albarino in the blend. This is made from same Gisborne grapes. Refreshingly crunchy-apple fresh but mouth-filling at the same time. Very drinkable.
One Off 2015 Syrah Viognier Rose, $24.95: This is my kind of rose, not a pretty lolly-water model but but a ballsier syrah-based wine with just a touch of viognier to lift the aroma.As good as a refreshing summer-sipper as it is with a surprisingly wide variety of foods.