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TOM is the pinnacle of winemaking at Church Road and only ever released in the very best of vintages. As Church Road chief wine winemaker Chris Scott puts it “Simply put these are our best wines. No effort is spared.”
TOM is Church Road’s tribute to one of New Zealand’s winemaking legends, Tom McDonald. While usually a Cabernet dominant blend the 2016 vintage through up some spectacular Merlot fruit that makes up 81% of the latest blend. Using fruit from their Gimblett Gravels vineyard the remainding 19% Cabernet Sauvignon fruit comes from their Redstone vineyard in the Bridge Pa Triangle.
A meticulous attention to detail in every aspect of the winemaking process, aged for 20 months in oak, a truly world class example of Bordeaux blend red that’s a fitting tribute to Tom, nicknamed “The Father of red winemaking in New Zealand“.
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!
Each bottle is individually numbered and presented in a stunning Church Road TOM gift box. It’s a true collector’s item and if you can tuck it away in the cellar for the long term and resist busting it out to show off to your wine buff mates, you’ll be rewarded.