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One of the most iconic Chardonnays this country produces meets the vintage of a lifetime – a piece of New Zealand wine history is here!
TOM is the pinnacle of winemaking at Church Road and only ever released in the greatest of vintages (the last release being 2010) and 2013 was exactly that. The driest year in Hawke’s Bay in over 70 years and near perfect growing conditions leaving winemakers and critics nicknaming it “the vintage of a lifetime“.
TOM is Church Road’s tribute to one of New Zealand’s winemaking legends, Tom McDonald. The very best parcels of fruit from their Tuki Tuki vineyard, hand harvested and hand sorted, a meticulous attention to detail in every aspect of the winemaking process, aged for 11 months in oak, a complex and finely textured Chardonnay. A legendary wine that’s a fitting tribute for a legendary bloke.
Tom released NZ’s first commercial Cabernet Sauvignon in 1949, in later years pioneering New Zealand Chardonnay. By the 1960’s his Cabernets were being compared to some of the First Growth wines of Bordeaux. So yep, there’s certainly a bit of pressure when it comes to a release under the TOM label!
But Church Road’s chief winemaker Chris Scott is certainly pretty excited about this release, and why wouldn’t you be! “We dedicate our best endeavours with this noble variety to this legendary Hawke’s Bay winemaker. Small parcels of our best Chardonnay blocks are grown, made and blended to create a wine of exceptional character and longevity. The 2013 TOM Chardonnay is a single vineyard wine grown on our Tuki Tuki Estate, a site that was originally established by Tom.”
Each bottle is individually numbered and presented in a stunning Church Road TOM gift box. If you’re a TOM collector, this is the one you’ve been waiting for! If you’re new to TOM, what a way to start! This is a wine they’ll be talking about for years to come.
Global demand will be nuts for this wine which is why the winery has issued it on strict allocation. We’ve secured a small shipment but once it’s gone, it’s gone. Recommended drinking between 2017-2025.