Osawa vineyard's finest wines are called the Winemakers Collection. These are the ultimate wines Rod McDonald is able to make from our vineyard. We do not produce the Winemakers Collection every year as the wines must be above a certain standard before Rod will add his names to the wines.
Sourced from a small area within the vineyard, where we believe we have uncovered our best soil, rootstock, clonal combination. It represents less than 5% of our total Chardonnay production. 100% barrel fermented with wild/natural yeast and twelve months on yeast lees to build the desired complexity, we still want the wine to be taut and fresh and exhibiting ripe citrus, minerality, hints of roasted nuts and toasty aromas with savoury overtones derived from extended contact with yeast lees.
Exhibits ripe citrus, minerality, hints of roasted nuts and toasty aromas with savoury overtones derived from extended contact with yeast lees. A rich full-bodied wine displaying flavours of ripe citrus, nuts and figs with a chalky textural element to a palate that finishes long and persistent.
Chardonnay. Hawkes Bay provides ripeness with a wonderful lemon and grapefruit aromatic, yet achieving ripeness on the palate at moderate sugar and balanced acidity.The same level of ripeness in Marlborough often delivers a more tropical character, slightly less classic. Central Otago tends to be more flintly and mineral, but can exhibit a green edge and lack texture on the palate.
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Wines are sold in multiples of 6 bottles. You are welcome to order any combination of wines to make up 6 bottles.