Church Road McDonald Series Hawke’s Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Synopsis, Our Opinion: A very GRACEFUL and DELICIOUS Sauvignon Blanc.

Producer/Winery: Chris Scott; Church Road Winery; Taradale, New Zealand.

Grape Variety: Sauvignon Blanc.

Geographic Appellation: Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand.

Vintage: 2016

Price: (approximately $25.00 in New Zealand) Gift from Bernie Rao, Cinematographer for the upcoming crime-thriller movie “The Pinch”, Written and Directed by Ashley Scott Meyers.

Purchased From: NA

Paired With: Turkey picadillos made with tomato and onion, green olives and capers, flavored with garlic, cumin, and red pepper flakes; basmati rice; green beans, home made bread.


    Chilled before opening. Clear with a light greenish wheat straw color. Delicate and enticing aromas of lemon, lime, apricot, gooseberry, fresh cut moist lawn and floral that was like walking through a field of blooming daffodils in cool, crisp spring air. Smooth, lively, medium body with an 800 grit texture. Nuanced flavors of pineapple, lemon and light apricot with crisp acidity and a long smooth elegant gooseberry tasting mineral finish. WOW, very unusual for a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc…the wispy bouquet was seducing not overpowering, the easily discernible flavors were so intertwined they evoked mystique and the fresh finish elevated each sip to a new high. Although not lacking in either flavor or acidity they were in perfect harmony and made for a very GRACEFUL and DELICIOUS Sauvignon Blanc.

Chris Scott, Church Road winemaker
Photo from Church Road.
Comments: Learn more about Church Road and their New Zealand wines.

Alcohol Content: 13.5%

Closure: Screw cap.

UPC Code: 9 414024 366010

Imported by: NA