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Pask Winery
Gimblett Gravels- Hawke's Bay

Pask's 148-acre vineyards and winery are located on the east coast of the North Island, in the province of Hawke's Bay, New Zealand's oldest wine-growing region.  

The story of Pask began in flight. Modern pioneer Chris Pask – flying in the cockpit of his topdressing plane – first saw the potential for growing exceptional grapes in the light, stony soils of the ancient Ngaruroro riverbed. In 1981, Pask planted the first vines, founding Hawke's Bay's renowned Gimblett Gravels wine district.

40 years later, their wines have gained awards and accolades across the globe. Most recently, Matt Patterson-Green, winemaker of Benton Wine Group for over 20 years, was awarded "The Best Pinot Noir in the World" with his 2015 Pinot Noir at the IWSC in 2019.

From the vineyard to their winemaking process, Pask's thoughtful hands-on care and use of sustainable methods gained them SWNZ accreditation as a Sustainably Certified Winery and Vineyard.

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Altitude 98 feet

The Gimblett Gravels soil is a pure gravel bed formed from alluvial deposits when the Ngaruroro River shifted course in the 1860’s. The soils, with great drainage and heat retention, consist of layers of clay, silt, and sand at varying depths within them. About 20% of these layers are silt and 9% are clay with a layer of topsoil between 3 and 15 inches deep. Because of the soil's low nutrient content, vine roots extend deep underground to find water and nutrients, leading to superior quality grapes with concentrated flavors.

 

In this corner of the world Pask Vineyards experience an average of 2320 sunshine hours yearly. Vines benefit from a prolonged growing season due to moderate rainfall, the protection provided by Roy's Hill against Pacific breezes, and the thermal conductivity of the stones, which result in warmer evenings.

Featured Wines

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Pask Pinot Noir 2022

Pask’s Pinot Noir is sourced from the Waihopai and Wairau Valleys of Marlborough, New Zealand’s largest wine region. The 20 year-old vines take root in well-drained soil developed from loamy and sandy alluvium.

This vegan-friendly wine is a deep fuchsia in color with purple-violet undertones. Concentrated blackcurrant nose with lifted, sweet raspberry lemonade aromatics. The palate is full and generous with juicy berry fruits and tingling, spiced fine tannins.

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Pask Sauvignon Blanc 2022

The neatly lined Pask vineyards are located in the Wairau Valley of Marlborough, the largest wine region in New Zealand. The 28-30 year-old vines grow in well-drained soil comprised of loamy and sandy alluvium.

Tropical fruit aromas with subtle lime and green apple notes. An elegant Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc with vibrant acidity supporting flavors of gooseberry and passionfruit. These characters flow across into the palate, held aloft by an underlying lees driven textural backbone, and mineral concentration.

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Pask Gimblett Gravels Chardonnay 2021

Gimblett Road is home to Pask Vineyards, marking the beginning of their incredible story with their first vine planting. This Chardonnay embodies an exceptional year for Hawke's Bay fruit. Their Gimblett Gravels vineyard showcases what is possible from this amazing, unique wine-growing area.

 

Ethereal aromatic notes of warm baked apple crumble and lifted zesty citrus. Creamy and mouth-filling on the palate with flavors of subtle nut and citrus blossom, balanced by a clean, fresh acidity. An elegant, textural palate that delivers both weight and length.

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Pask Gimblett Gravels Cabernet Malbec Merlot Franc 2019

The vineyards of Pask grow within the infamous Gimblett Gravels of Hawke’s Bay. Here, the grapes thrive in pure gravel beds made up of layers of sand, silt, and clay at varying depths. These layers contain up to 20% silt and 9% clay and a lining of topsoil between 3 and 15 inches deep.

A beautiful blend of Cabernet Sauvignon 43.8%, Malbec 18.8%, Merlot 16%, and Cabernet Franc 6.8%. Deep purple in color with intense berry fruits and lifted spice. A full-bodied and robust blend with a blackcurrant backbone with a plummy soft fruit and fragrant spice.

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Pask Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2021

An exceptional year for Hawkes Bay fruit, the Pask Syrah is a big, structured wine that highlights the excellence of fruit borne from the Gimblett Gravels area. Bright, elegant and textural with excellent weight of pallet.

Inky in color with lifted violets, black pepper, and spice aromatics. A full bodied yet elegant palate shows well balanced tannin and a silky-smooth mouth feel.

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