Grape Variety: 100% Merlot
Growing Region: Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand
Head Winemaker: Kate Radburnd

Pask have their vineyards located on Gimblett Road - where they were the first to plant in the region now known as Gimblett Gravels. Formed over 100 years ago when the Ngaruroro River changed its course, the light, stony soils create the perfect environment for growing premium quality grapes. With their vineyards being sheltered from the prevailing winds by the landmark Roy's Hill, hot daytime temperatures coupled with the warming effects of the stony soil produce grapes of intense flavour.

 

The ‘Declaration’ range of wines is only ever produced in exceptional vintages and is harvested from selected vines. In 2007 a fine, warm, Indian summer was experienced in the Hawke’s Bay, where small parcels of fruit achieved full maturity - producing exceptional flavours. After harvesting - the fruit underwent cold soaking along with a warm fermentation on skins and some barrel fermentation - producing a complex Merlot. Aged in new oak - lees contact has added weight, texture and the 18 months in oak has ensured integrated layers of character in the wine.
In the glass you are greeted by a deep garnet colour. On the nose ripe plums and brambles, a touch of mocha coffee and subtle fruitcake notes. Soft tannins and integrated oak combine with a soft earthiness. The palate is inviting and ripe, with blackberry fruits, savoury notes and a hint of spicy characters. With bottle age - the velvet tannins are supported by honest fruit and fine oak resulting in a smooth finish. Decant for 20 minutes and serve at 16-18°C.

Gold Medal - New Zealand International Wine Show 2012.

CELLARING POTENTIAL:
Drinking perfectly well this summer season; and over the next 18 months. *(Very Limited)
 
SUGGESTED FOOD MATCHES:
Perfect wine pairing with seasoned lamb kebabs, tapas and mature cheeses - enjoy.