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C J Pask Gimblett Road Syrah

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C J Pask was a bit of a visionary, a man who saws the potential of the Gimblett Gravels region before anyone else. He was in a helicopter at the time when he spotted what he thought was premium land for vines, turns out his hunch was right. The terroir of the region has now become world famous for producing distinctive Syrah and this spice-laden wine has so much character. Aromatic red fruits are complemented by black pepper and subtle yet seductive florals.

Winemaker's Notes

Ripe fruit, some whole bunch pressing and a small amount of Viognier co-fermented with the Syrah are the key components of this wine. Oak maturation compliments the pepper and spicy fruits of this warming and distinctive style.

Colour: Inky, deep purple and red colour.

Aroma: Aromatic and spicy. Fruit characters show with dark berries and wild strawberries leading the way. Subtle savoury notes underlie the fruit.

Palate: Fragrant, juicy fruit, wild strawberry notes are supported by fine oak. Typical pepper and spice along with some floral fragrance describe this dense highly structured wine.

Oak: 12 months, old & new French oak

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C J Pask Gimblett Road Syrah

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Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
A lovely, fragrant style of syrah with bright-red fruits, plenty of Eastern spice, pepper and licorice here too. The palate s bright and even, sheets of fine tannins add chew and squeeze through the palate, red fruits, plum and licorice flavour, elegant finish.
Good Wine Guide 2013
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WINESTATE (2009 Vintage) says
Fruit-driven style, full-coloured, fresh, vibrantly fruity and supple. Strongly varietal red with ripe plum, cherry and black pepper flavours, a subtle seasoning of oak, and lots of drink-young charm.
WINESTATE Volume 34 (2011) 2011
Michael Cooper (2009 Vintage) says
Top vintages of this Hawke's Bay red offer fine value. Estate-grown, the 2009 is a fruit-driven style, full-coloured, fresh, vibrantly fruity and supple. A strongly varietal wine with ripe plum, cherry and black-pepper flavours, and a subtle seasoning of oak, it has lots of drink-young charm.
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
A wine with cooler, spicy pepper and airy fragrance, as well as bright red fruits in abundance. The palate's mapped out on servile tannin, simple and straight-laced; it builds peppery, red-fruit flavour and has a bright, lively crunch. Terrific value.
2012
The Good Wine Guide
WINESTATE (2007 Vintage) says
Very youthful wine. Heaps of white pepper obvious on the ripe plum nose. Pepper also dominates the lingering flavours of rhubarb and violets. ÐDelicious!Ó said one judge.
Winestate 2009
Michael Cooper (2007 Vintage) says
This Hawke's Bay red offers consistently fine value. Estate-grown and barrel-matured for a year, the 2007 vintage is dark and highly fragrant, with generous plum, black-pepper and liquorice flavours, well-integrated oak and a firm backbone of tannin. Well worth cellaring.
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Michael Cooper (2002 Vintage) says
The 2002 vintage is a Hawke's Bay wine, matured for a year in French oak casks. A dark, intense red with strong, spicy, peppery characters and good fruit sweetness, it is finely balanced and firmly structured, with good concentration and aging potential.
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Michael Cooper (2001 Vintage) says
Full-coloured, with strong peppery aromas, the 2001 vintage is a Hawke's Bay wine, French oak-aged. Based on young, second-crop vines, it's a strongly varietal wine with good weight, generous plum/pepper flavours that show a slight lack of warmth and softness, finely balanced oak and gentle tannins.
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines

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