Pask Winery 2013 Small Batch Chardonnays and Cabernet Sauvignon

The range of Pask wines from Hawke’s Bay is unashamedly right down the middle of the line when it comes to style. Winemaker and managing director Kate Radburnd is proud of how her classical bottlings express the best of the Gimblett Gravels and the Hawke’s Bay region, and indeed the wines have earned countless top awards from this philosophy of winemaking and stylistic direction. There are a number of producers, not only in Hawke’s Bay, but anywhere wine is made who push the boundaries and make their wines on the edge of funkiness. Even the most conservative winemakers are aware of these limits, and many will experiment and trial wines to explore these new places. It wasn’t too long ago that lees contact and wild yeast fermentation were seen as risky, leading to spoilage and faulty wines by the more clinical among winemakers.

Kate Radburnd would never jeopardise her Pask wines with the inclusion of experimental wine, but as can be seen by the release of the Pask ‘Small Batch’ range, innovation and expanding style has been part of the development and evolution of her wines. The new range has been introduced with three wines from the outstanding 2013 vintage. The ‘Small Batch’ label allows small, non-commercial quantities (less than 500 cases) of wine that express different winemaking techniques and express creative style to be made. Kate says making these wines has prompted much debate and discussion among the winemaking team. What they’ve learnt will no doubt be taken into account in future winemaking. For the enthusiastic wine consumer, they offer n excellent opportunity of learning. Here, I review the new ‘Small Batch’ releases.


  • Pask ‘Small Batch – Wild Yeast Fermentation’ Gimblett Road Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2013
  • Pask ‘Small Batch – Sur Lie’ Gimblett Road Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2013
  • Pask ‘Small Batch – Watercourse Block’ Gimblett Road Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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