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North Island

The North Island is where the vine was first introduced to New Zealand in 1819 and where significant investment was initially made in the wine industry in the 1960s.

Although the wines of the North Island are both excellent and markedly different in style from those of the South Island, the South has eclipsed the North in the past few decades in the public imagination.

The North Island is where the vine was first introduced to New Zealand in 1819 and where significant investment was initially made in the wine industry in the 1960s.

Although the wines of the North Island are both excellent and markedly different in style from those of the South Island, the South has eclipsed the North in... read more.

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Styles of Wine

Stretched out over seven degrees of latitude, the North Island produces a wide range of styles.  As a general rule of thumb, anything from Bordeaux or Burgundy will thrive in the region and make wines to compete with their homeland.  Certain red grapes, such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, will excel here but struggle on the South Island.

Key Vines

Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc are the prominent whites, whilst Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinot Noir fly the flag for the reds.  Gewürztraminer and Muscat have a presence and the results of Syrah are eagerly awaited.  Müller-Thurgau is a hangover from the past that is being replaced by the more noble and profitable French vines.

Climate and Conditions

It is warm, which allows for ripening of the grapes, but also uncomfortably moist.  Autumnal rainfall is particularly hazardous and can lead to mildew and the rotting of grapes.  Hawkes Bay and the Wairarapa avoid this rainfall, but instead have to contend with spring frosts and wind respectively.  The soils are varied and some, such as the alluvial Gimblett Road gravels, are superb for the growing of vines.

 

 

 

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  1. Pask Declaration Chardonnay, Gimblett Gravels

    Pask Declaration Chardonnay, Gimblett Gravels, 2014 75cl

    This Chardonnay has strength and finesse. Rich, warm fruit flavours are supported by fine new oak and creamy yeast flavours. Lemon fruit characters will integrate further, producing an elegant, well-textured Chardonnay.

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  2. Pask Sauvignon Blanc, Hawkes Bay

    Pask Sauvignon Blanc, Hawkes Bay, 2017 75cl

    An outgoing, aromatic and refreshing wine, packed with gooseberry fruit. What sets this apart is an herbaceous character not common with New Zealand Sauvignon.

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  3. Pask Chardonnay, Hawkes Bay

    Pask Chardonnay, Hawkes Bay, 2014 75cl

    Intense citrus aromas and flavours are apparent in this full-flavoured and elegant unoaked Chardonnay.

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  4. Pask Merlot, Gimblett Road

    Pask Merlot, Gimblett Gravels, 2014 75cl

    This is a wonderfully fruity, fragrant Merlot. Garnet colour, with a vibrant hue. Dark plummy notes are to be found on the nose, alongside woody herbs such as thyme, mingling with savoury, gamey aromas. Medium to full bodied with bold tannins and a rounded finish.

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  5. Pask Syrah, Gimblett Road

    Pask Syrah, Gimblett Gravels, 2013 75cl

    This wine is rich and elegant with white pepper and violet aromas. Blackberry and raspberry on the palate with hints of cherry and fine oak.

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  6. Pask Declaration Syrah, Gimblett Road, 2010

    Pask Declaration Syrah, Gimblett Gravels, 2013 75cl

    This award winning Syrah is soft yet complex. Delicate pepper and spice flavours are integrated with cigar-like oak influences. Finely structured with ripe, supple tannins, this harmonious wine will develop beautifully with bottle maturation.

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    £21.90
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  7. Pask Sauvignon Blanc, Omahu Road New Zealand (Half Bottle)

    Pask Sauvignon Blanc, Hawkes Bay New Zealand (Half Bottle), 2016 37.5cl

    An outgoing, aromatic and refreshing wine, packed with gooseberry fruit. What sets this apart is an herbaceous character not common with New Zealand Sauvignon.

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    £5.47
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