Pask 2016 ‘Declaration’ Chardonnay and ‘Small Batch’ Trilliant’, and 2014 ‘Declaration’ Merlot and Cabernet Merlot Malbec

22-Sep-2018

With the departure of Kate Radburnd and Julz Brodgen from the Pask team, Paul Smith, who joined the company in 2004, and began working full-time there since 2010 has taken over the winemaking reins. The heart of Pask is made up of the 52+ ha of vines in the Gimblett Gravels in Hawke’s Bay, and Paul is dedicated to making classical Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet and Chardonnay wines. Recently, Paul told me of the continuation of the fine wines made to date, but maybe with a reduction in the amount of new oak in the flagship ‘Declaration’ bottlings in particular. It will be interesting to see how these changes will be manifest over the next few years. Here, I review the 2016 ‘Declaration’ Chardonnay and ‘Small Batch’ ‘Trilliant’, plus 2014 ‘Declaration’ Merlot and Cabernet/Merlot/Malbec. The ‘Declaration’ wines are particularly fulsome. www.pask.co.nz


FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Pask ‘Declaration’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016
  • Pask ‘Small Batch – Trilliant’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay 2016
  • Pask ‘Declaration’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2014
  • Pask ‘Declaration’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Cabernet/Merlot/Malbec 2014

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