Monday 5 September 2016
Rod McDonald wines scoop international design award for ‘One Off’ Pinot Noir
Hawkes Bay wine company Rod McDonald Wines is the only New Zealand winery and business to win a prestigious prize in the
2016 Harpers Design Awards.
The internationally recognised design awards, made up of a high calibre judging panel, received entries from ten
countries around the world, with only five picking up an award.
“The standard was high, with some stunning examples of enticing and engaging design, really lifting those products above
the ordinary,” said Harpers editor Andrew Catchpole. “But our brief as judges went beyond purely aesthetical
considerations, looking at how well the design of each product had been tailored to the client’s brief and its target
Rod McDonald Wines were awarded the Red Wine Trophy for its Rod McDonald ‘One-Off’ Pinot Noir label, designed by Hawkes
Bay based Zoe Chisholm from Font Studio. Only seven trophies were awarded in this year’s competition.
“We are absolutely delighted with the win and it really puts us on the global map. It’s a huge testament to our unique
branding approach and the talented team at Font Studio. The idea behind One Off is that we can make, blend and bottle it
with a healthy disregard for brand families, consumer research and marketing fundamentals. The only catch is that it's a
one off, once it's gone, it's gone so we basically gave our designers free reign with the brand design and they came
back to us with the ‘One Off’ character concept,” said Rod McDonald, owner of Rod McDonald Wines.
The Mr. ‘One Off’ Pinot Noir is one of a group of characters whose adornments reflect the style of wine they embody, in
his case; blueberries, peony rose, violets, the deer, a cigar, the peacock and the admiral butterfly. Each of these
elements give the consumer an insight to what awaits prior to even reading the back label.
“The whole ‘One Off’ concept has developed a bit of a cult following creating high demand for the product range. The
release of each One Off is always keenly anticipated with some almost selling out prior to release. Wine is more than
just slapping a label on a bottle, there are several elements to consider to get the product right and this win gives us
the confidence to continue doing what we are doing. It’s fantastic for a small Hawkes Bay company like ours to be
recognized from such a prestigious award.” said Rod McDonald.