I tasted a few bottles of Chablis with a view to putting one in the case, then I started to worry that it was becoming a bit French heavy. Then I remembered the unoaked Chardonnay form CJ Pask, and what a perfect way to bring balance to the case.
Winemaker Kate Radburnd (pictured) has often told me that she is heavily influenced by French wines because of the similar climate they get in Hawkes Bay.
So there you have it, the case is half Hawkes Bay and half French, you can decide who produces the better wines!
Situated on the east coast of the North Island, this is one of New Zealand’s older wine-producing areas. The conditions for grape growing vary from incredibly fertile plains to gravelly soils that require extra irrigation. The wines are held in very high esteem.
You can read more about Hawkes Bay and other regions in New Zealand by clicking here.