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Pask 2016 Wild Yeast Chardonnay and 2014 Merlot

10 May,2017
As one of the pioneers in the Gimblett Gravels, Pask Winery makes classical expressions representative of this special delineated growing region as well as wines which showcase the elegant style of Hawke’s Bay. Director and winemaker Kate Radburnd oversees the production, making different collections, the top being the ‘Declaration’ range. The ‘Pask’ wines are the standard-bearer for the company, and the recently introduced ‘Small Batch’ bottlings are wines that demonstrate specific vineyard, varietal and vinification aspects, allowing the team a degree of latitude in experimentation. To me, the wines have recently shown a greater degree of fruit richness. Here, I review the 2016 ‘Small Batch – Wild Yeast’ Chardonnay and 2014 Pask Merlot. www.pask.co.nz

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Pask ‘Small Batch – Wild Yeast’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016

Chardonnay from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay

18-/20
Bright golden-yellow colour with some depth, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is softly full and gently voluminous with harmoniously packed aromas of white and yellow stonefruits, along with mealy and smoky notes and nutty oak, unveiling subtle creamy barrel-ferment nuances. Medium-bodied, the palate has a rich and vibrantly lively core of savoury, smoky, white and yellow stonefruits with mealy hints and subtle nutty oak. The palate is underlined by fresh acidity and the wine flows with good energy along a fine-textured phenolic line, leading to a thirst-quenching finish. This is a fresh, lively Chardonnay with a good core of savoury stonefruit with smoky and nutty oak notes on a fine-textured, mouthwatering palate. Serve with seafood, poultry and pork over the next 3-4 years. Mendoza and clone 15 fruit indigenous yeast fermented in French oak puncheons to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 12 months on lees in 50% new oak. 390 dozen made. 18.0-/20 May 2017 RRP $25.00

Pask Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2014

Merlot from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay

18-/20
Dark, even ruby-red colour with some black-purple hues, a little lighter on the edge. This has a solid and up-front nose with fresh, ripe blackberry, blackcurrant and plum aromas along with hints of dark herbs and subtle nuances of nutty oak. Medium-full bodied the palate is sweet and lush with flavours of blackberries, currants and black plums entwined with redcurrant and dark herb detail. The flavours are mouthfilling, forming a hearty core with fine, grainy tannin structure and fresh, lively acidity providing plenty of energy. The wine carries to a rich, black-fruited, lingering finish showing dark herbs. This is a rich and lively, black berry and plum-fruited Merlot with dark herb notes, plenty of presence and heart, with good structure and freshness. Match with herb-marinated lamb, beef and venison dishes over the next 4-5+ years. Fruit from the ‘McKay’ block fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 14 months in 8% new French and American oak. 18.0-/20 May 2017 RRP $22.00
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