Raymond Chan is one of New Zealand's most well known wine reviewers, so we were delighted to send him our latest Pa Road wines to consider.
Here's what Raymond had to say about the range:
"Pa Road is the very successful second wine brand of the MacDonald family’s ‘te Pa’ label. The MacDonald family, who have farmed the land in the Wairau Bar of Marlborough for generations, launched their wine venture, first planting vines in 2003. They now have over 150 ha of vines there and source fruit from estate owned sites in other Marlborough sub-regions.
They have aspired for quality and the te Pa wines as well as the Pa Road bottlings have achieved considerable success in judgings and tastings. This is a testament to the fruit quality as well as the sensitive and sophisticated winemaking by Sam Bennett who is on-site and Liam McElhinney who oversees the production. The te Pa wines are vigorously marketed, including the strong use of social media, and their presence will continue to grow."
Pa Road 2016 Pinot Noir: 4 stars
Even, light ruby-red colour, paler on the rim. This has an elegant and finely concentrated nose with penetrating aromas of dark-red berry fruit softly entwined with herb notes and a suggestion of minerally reduction. The nose possesses intensity and fragrance. Medium-full bodied, the palate has a concentrated core of tightly bound flavours of dark-red cherry and berry fruit harmoniously melded with herbs, liquorice and minerals. The fruit is supported by moderately extracted, supple tannins and soft, lacy acidity providing energy. The palate has positive drive and linearity, leading to a lingering, concentrated finish of cherries, herbs and minerals. This is an elegantly concentrated and bound Pinot Noir with dark cherry and berry flavours along with herbs, liquorice and minerals on a fine-grained, linear palate.
For this gorgeous, fruit-forward Pinot Noir, Raymond recommends you match it with poultry and pork. We reckon that this gorgeous spicy chicken recipe developed by Ashleigh over at The Food Nest would be the perfect pairing for this Pinot. She created the recipe to go with our te Pa Pinot Noir, but with similar vineyard sourcing and winemaking, we think that little brother Pa Road would go just as well! Head over to the blog for the full recipe.
Pa Road 2017 Pinot Gris: 4 stars
Brilliant light straw colour with slight green hues, pale on the edge. This has a fresh and intense nose with penetrating aromas of yellow stonefruits entwined with exotic florals, rose-petal notes and spice, unfolding hints of honeysuckle and fresh fermentation esters. Dry to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate has an elegantly concentrated heart of yellow stonefruits, tropical fruits, and fragrant rose-petals. The fruit forms a firm core and line, and the wine flows with underlying alcohol and acid drive, along a fine-textured phenolic thread, leading to a lingering finish with stonefruits, florals and spice. This is a concentrated and firm, dryish Pinot Gris with good intensity of stonefruits and rose-petal flavours and some alcoholic and acid drive.
Raymond recommends you match this gorgeous new release Gris with Asian and Middle Eastern fare, which we think sounds divine! We're thinking a delicious Pad Thai from our buddy Nadia Lim could work well, or for the more adventurous, a Hot and Sour Beef Salad.