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Hawke’s Bay Estate 2017 Chardonnay and 2016 Syrah

24 July,2018

Hawke’s Bay Estate is a secondary brand of Pask Winery that has been offered since 2001. The wines were designed to be price fighters with the ability to offer very good value in local and overseas markets. Here, I review the 2017 Chardonnay and 2016 Syrah.


Hawke’s Bay Estate Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2017

Chardonnay from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay


Bright, pale golden-yellow colour with some depth, lighter on the rim. The nose is light and elegant, quite delicate in expression, with white and yellow stonefruit aromas with subtle notes of fresh herbs. This is straightforward in presentation, with fruit clarity. Medium-bodied, the palate has fresh, clean, light flavours of white and yellow stonefruits enlivened by fresh acidity. The mouthfeel is bright and lively, and flows along a soft, fine-textured line, unfolding hints of herbs and nuts, leading to a light finish. This is a fresh and clean, light fruited Chardonnay with a lively mouthfeel and hints of herbs and nuts. Serve as an aperitif and with antipasto over the next 2 years. Hawke’s Bay fruit fermented to 13.0% alc. 16.0+/20 Jul 2018 RRP $19.99

Hawke’s Bay Estate Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2016

Syrah from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay


Moderately deep ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the rim with slight purple tints. The nose is soft and gentle with aromas of blackberries with hints of plums and black pepper, with an amalgam of white pepper and herbs. Medium-bodied, the palate is softly up-front with flavours of blackberries and raspberries entwined with white and black pepper, and nuances of plums and herbs. The mouthfeel is somewhat slender, but smooth-flowing, with light acidity providing energy. Some spice motes emerge as the wine carries to a light, lingering finish. This is a soft, up-front Syrah with blackberry and raspberry fruit along with pepper notes on a light palate with acid drive. Serve with antipasto, tapas and Mediterranean fare over the next 2+ years. Hawke’s Bay fruit fermented to 12.5% alc. 16.5-/20 Jul 2018 RRP $19.99

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