Pask Gimblett Gravels and ‘Declaration’ Chardonnay, Syrah and Bordeaux Variety Releases

03-Nov-2017
Pask is one of Hawke’s Bay’s significant wine producers, with Chris Pask the pioneer planting vines in the Gimblett Gravels in 1981, releasing the first Pask wines from the 1985 vintage. Pask has grown considerably and now has 60 ha of vines producing the classical Hawke’s Bay styles with Chardonnay, the Bordeaux varieties and Syrah, as well of a strong selection of other varieties. The premium ‘Gimblett Gravels; tier has the flagship ‘Declaration’ releases, and a number of ‘Small Batch’ limited release wines in support, as well as the secondary ‘Kate Radburnd’ brand. The ‘Declaration’ wines have proven to be very successful, winning many top awards both in New Zealand and internationally.

There have been some recent changes at Pask. Kate Radburnd, a director and chief winemaker for over 25 years left earlier this year to pursue her own label. This is as a number of other high profile Hawke’s Bay winemakers have done. And there has been a formalising of the Pask collaboration with that of Jackson Estate in Marlborough in a merger. With Wellington financier John Benton having majority ownership in Pask and full ownership of Jackson Estate, they now both come under the Benton Family Wine Group. The very experienced winemaker Jeff Clarke has been appointed as the Group’s head winemaker. Here, I review the new ‘Gimblett Gravels’ and ‘Declaration’ release of Chardonnay, Syrah and Bordeaux-varieties. www.pask.co.nz


FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Pask Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2015
  • Pask Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2016
  • Pask Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Cabernet/Merlot/Malbec 2014
  • Pask ‘Declaration’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2015
  • Pask ‘Declaration’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2014
  • Pask ‘Declaration’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2013

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