Reviews

Passage Rock has emerged to challenge the best wines being made on Waiheke Island – this is clearly a winery to watch.

Bob Campbell

Passage Rocks Forte is considered one of Waiheke’s most distinguished reds, and easily the best value.

Michael Cooper

One of the highest achievers among the new wave of Waiheke wineries. The wines are made in limited availability – but worth tracking down. The Forte (cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc) is one of the finest and best value wines on the island.

Michael Cooper - Wine Atlas

A tasting of barrel samples convinced me that this in one winery worthy of keeping an eye on. Hey charge a fair price for wines that threaten to polish Waiheke’s Wine reputation.

Bob Campbell - Gourmet Wine Traveller

Which Waiheke winery has collected the most 5 star awards, gold and silver medals and trophies in recent years? – Passage Rock…David wants to make more cult wines, different and demanded like Syrah.

Michael Cooper - Cuisine Magazine 2006

Syrah Awards

2006 LIQUORLAND TOP 100, Gold medal
2006 NEW ZEALAND INTERNATIONAL WINESHOW, Bronze medal

2006 BRAGATO WINE AWARDS, Gold medal

2005 RESERVE SYRAH
Gold Air New Zealand Wine Awards
Gold 6 Nations Wine Challenge
5 Stars Michael Cooper
2012 RESERVE SYRAH
Elite Gold and Trophy
Champion Syrah Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2012
Gold 5 Nations Wine Awards
Gold Upper North Island Wine Awards
2010 RESERVE SYRAH
In 2009, Passage Rock Wines has achieved ‘The’ Classic Status (Michael Cooper) by scoring 5 STARS with both the 2008 Syrah & 2008 Reserve Syrah
Gold & Trophy won for the 2008 Reserve Syrah at the IWC 2010 in London.
2009 Air NZ Wine Awards Gold Medal for 2008 Reserve Syrah
Silver Medal 2008 Syrah
2008 SYRAH & 2008 RESERVE SYRAH
93/100 Robert Parkers Wine Advocate
2009 TRI NATIONS CHALLANGE
DOUBLE GOLD FOR RESERVE SYRAH ’07
2007 SYRAH
96 points 5 stars

“This wine is absolutely stunning it is so well balanced and harmonious and it just got better in the glass over time…”

WINE ORBIT MAGAZINE SEPTEMBER ISSUE 07

5 stars

“Two of our panelists gave this wine an incredible 19 points, big black and beautiful exclaimed one of the panelists”

WINESTATE MAGAZINE
Upper-North Island wine tasting

93 points Bob Campbell AUSTRAILIAN GOURMET WINE TRAVELLER WINE November issue

2006 RESERVE SYRAH
5 stars
WINESTATE MAGAZINE
Upper-North Island wine tasting
5 Stars 94 Points
“This is a lush plus wine. Decadently ripe fruit charachters with a generous amount of sweet oak. An incredibly attractive and immensley drinkable wine .”

WINE ORBIT MAGAZINE SEPTEMBER ISSUE 07

2006 SYRAH
2006 NEW ZEALAND INTERNATIONAL WINESHOW, Silver medal
2005 SYRAH
2005 BRAGATO WINE AWARDS, Bronze medal

2005 NEW ZEALAND INTERNATIONAL WINESHOW , Bronze medal

2005 LIQUORLAND TOP 100, Bronze medal

2004 SYRAH
2004 LIQUORLAND TOP 100, Bronze medal
AIR NEW ZEALAND MAGAZINE – TOP 10 Waiheke Wines
2003 SYRAH

Cabernet Merlot Awards

New Zealand international wine show 2011
“David Evans’ Passage Rock is a star among the Waiheke labels, with show stopping success. Decadence marks the Passage Rock Viognier 2010, while reserve and restrained richness is the hallmark of the Passage Rock ‘Reserve’ Cabernet 2008. While the Passage Rock Syrah 2009 delivered all the black fruits, pepper and spices you could ever need, the Passage Rock Reserve Syrah 2010 went another step up in richness and sweetness. The Passage Rock Reserve Syrah 2008 went up yet another step again in dimension and opulence. Sensational stuff.”

Raymond Chan

2010 RESERVE CABERNET MERLOT
5 Stars 93 Points

“A well structured wine needing food to bring out its best already delicious but will develop magnificently”

WINE ORBIT MAGAZINE SEPTEMBER ISSUE 07

5 stars
WINESTATE MAGAZINE
Upper-North Island wine tasting

2006 AIR NEW ZEALAND WINE AWARDS, Bronze medal

2005 RESERVE CABERNET MERLOT

Cabernet Merlot Awards

New Zealand international wine show 2011
“David Evans’ Passage Rock is a star among the Waiheke labels, with show stopping success. Decadence marks the Passage Rock Viognier 2010, while reserve and restrained richness is the hallmark of the Passage Rock ‘Reserve’ Cabernet 2008. While the Passage Rock Syrah 2009 delivered all the black fruits, pepper and spices you could ever need, the Passage Rock Reserve Syrah 2010 went another step up in richness and sweetness. The Passage Rock Reserve Syrah 2008 went up yet another step again in dimension and opulence. Sensational stuff.”

Raymond Chan

2010 RESERVE CABERNET MERLOT
5 Stars 93 Points

“A well structured wine needing food to bring out its best already delicious but will develop magnificently”

WINE ORBIT MAGAZINE SEPTEMBER ISSUE 07

5 stars
WINESTATE MAGAZINE
Upper-North Island wine tasting

2006 AIR NEW ZEALAND WINE AWARDS, Bronze medal

2005 RESERVE CABERNET MERLOT

Sisters Awards

2009 AIR NZ WINE AWARDS
SILVER MEDAL SISTERS 2008
2008 SISTERS

85 points Bob Campbell AUSTRAILIAN GOURMET WINE TRAVELLER WINE
88 points 4 stars
“This Bordeaux shows beautifully developed complex characters of dried fruits , leathergame and fragrant spicy oak”

WINE ORBIT MAGAZINE SEPTEMBER ISSUE 07

2005 SISTERS
2005 BRAGATO WINE AWARDS, Silver medal
2005 NEW ZEALAND INTERNATIONAL WINESHOW , Bronze medal
2005 LIQUORLAND TOP 100, Bronze medal
2004 SISTERS
2004 LIQUORLAND TOP 100, Bronze medal
2003 SISTERS

Viognier Awards

Trophy Royal Easter Show 2013

2012 VIOGNIER
Silver upper north island wine awards
Silver international wine awards 2012
2011 VIOGNIER
Gold & Trophy awarded for the Viognier 2010 in Autralasian Winestate Magazine Awards 2011- Air NZ Pure Silver 2011
2010 VIOGNIER
2004 LIQUORLAND TOP 100, Bronze medal

AIR NEW ZEALAND MAGAZINE – TOP 10 Waiheke Wines

2004 VIOGNIER

Merlot Awards

89 points Bob Campbell AUSTRAILIAN GOURMET WINE TRAVELLER WINE
90 points 4 1/2 stars

“A young hero showing plenty of enthusiasm and character, the luscious palate displays full impact of ripe fruits, fleshy texture and firm tannins”

WINE ORBIT MAGAZINE SEPTEMBER ISSUE 07

2006 RESERVE MERLOT
2005 BRAGATO WINE AWARDS, Bronze medal
2004 RESERVE MERLOT
2004 LIQUORLAND TOP 100, Bronze medal
2003 RESERVE MERLOT
2003 AIR NEW ZEALAND WINE AWARDS, Bronze medal
2003 LIQUORLAND TOP 100, Bronze medal
2002 RESERVE MERLOT

Forte Awards

5 stars 93 points
WINE ORBIT MAGAZINE SEPTEMBER ISSUE 07

“A lovely perfumed nose, showing super-ripe plums and cherrys with toasty oak. The palate is packed with sweet dried fruit and a succulent texture with firm tannins providing excellent structure to the expansive mid palate”.

2005 BRAGATO WINE AWARDS, Bronze medal

2005 NEW ZEALAND INTERNATIONAL WINESHOW , Silver medal

2005 LIQUORLAND TOP 100, Bronze medal

2004 FORTE
2005 LIQUORLAND TOP 100, Bronze medal
2002 FORTE

Nelson Riesling Awards

2003 AIR NEW ZEALAND WINE AWARDS, bronze medal
2003 RESERVE NELSON RIESLING

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