Grape Varietals: 49% Merlot, 26% Cabernet & 25% Malbec
Growing Region: Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand
Head Winemaker: Kate Radburnd

The name of this wine ‘Trilliant’ is in reference to a particular cut of diamond - and a trilliant can be seen on the new Pask logo, which was updated earlier this year. The shield icon communicates three elements - combining the Pask Winery initials, the stones from the Gimblett Gravels, and the trilliant diamond cut, representing the jewel in the crown - their unique vineyards. Kate has only blended 375 cases of this particular vintage.

 

The fruit for this wine was sourced from their own Gimblett Gravels vineyards in the Hawkes Bay. Kate Radburnd, is one of New Zealand's most acclaimed winemakers and has tried to showcase the unique terroir of their unique vineyard sites.
The fruit parcels were harvested from the middle of March through until the 4th April. On arriving in the winery, the fruit underwent warm tank fermentation with a mixture of yeasts. Which was then followed by barrel maturation of 20 around months in a combination of French and American oak (with 55% being new wood). With regular racking and the final tasting and blending in December 2015, before the wine was fined and bottled in January 2016 and rested for a short while.
This ‘Trilliant’ wine is a newcomer to the Pask ‘Small Batch’ range, which was developed as a result of market research into wine style and food pairing versatility. This ‘Small Batch’ range of wines, is where Kate and her team look to stretch and flex their winemaking techniques and viticultural ideas and create wines of interest.
This predominant Merlot based red wine with supporting Cabernet and Malbec has produced a wine that can be enjoyed both it its youth and has the ability to evolve over a few years. Kate and her team have produced a red wine with versatility, which is ideal over the coming summer bbq season, and paired with meat influenced tapas’ and sharing plates.
As you pour this wine do not be startled by the darkness of the colour and the rich hue around the rim. On the nose you have notes of ripe berry fruits and a hint of coconut from the American oak. On the palate the wine currently has a generous tannin structure, and textured palate and mouth feel. Though the Merlot does starts to come in behind and provide some bright berry flavours to compliment the structure from the Cabernet and spicy characters from the Malbec. The layered palate is expressive and intriguing with those dark berry fruits, coconut and smoky oak notes giving this wine a lingering finish.
This 2014 Pask ‘Small Batch’ Trilliant Red Blend has 13.5% Alc. 60 minutes of decanting is currently suggested and serve in a generous glass at 16-17°C. 

A Bordeaux ‘right-bank’ style red blend from the Gimblett Gravels - Hawke's Bay.

CELLARING POTENTIAL:
With good decanting, approachable this coming season; and will hopefully mature over the next 4-5 years. 

FOOD PAIRING SUGGESTIONS:
Perfect wine pairing with BBQ lamb or pork chops, mixed kebabs, herb sausages, mild pasta dishes, earthy vegetarian cuisine and hard cheeses - enjoy.