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C J Pask Reserve Merlot

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C J Pask Reserve Merlot

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Michael Cooper (2002 Vintage) says
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Michael Cooper (2001 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2000 Vintage) says
Following on from the memorable 1998 and 1999 vintages, the 2000 is the most distinguished Hawke's Bay Merlot on the market, hiased on the company's oldest, ungrafted vines in Gimblett Road (low-cropping at 6.5 tonnes/hectare), and matured for over 15 months in all-new French and American oak barriques, it is dark and notably ripe, with layers of cassis, spice, nut and coffee flavours. A magical wine, built for the long haul, it proves the great complexity and concentration of which Merlot is capable.
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Michael Cooper (1999 Vintage) says
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James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Dense red-purple; the bouquet is rich and complex, with abundant fruit and equally abundant oak. The palate has length, power and presence, crammed with ripe blackberry and chocolate fruit and luscious oak. A classic show style, although you might wonder whether it has as much to do with Cabernet Sauvignon as Merlot. It is not hard to see why this ('98) vintage won gold medals at the 1999 Air New Zealand Wine Awards and the Royal Easter Wine Show 2000.
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
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Michael Cooper (1998 Vintage) says
The 1998 vintage of this Gimblett Road, Hawke's Bay red is dark, with ripe fruit aromas spiced with French and American oak. Seductively warm and rich, it possesses strong, ripe, slightly chocolatey flavours, impressive complexity and structure and a long finish.
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James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; soft, sweet red plum fruit is surrounded by gently cedary, spicy oak on the bouquet. The palate has excellent Merlot structure, the tannins being fine, the fruit sweet and the level of extract not overly high. Once again, spicy cedary oak provides another dimension.
Australian Wine Companion 2000 1999
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Michael Cooper (1997 Vintage) says
Combining power and charm, the 1997 vintage of this Gimblett Road, Hawke's Bay red was matured for 17 months in new French and American oak casks. Highly perfumed, with deep, bright colour, it is rich, complex and supple, with fresh, concentrated cassis/plum flavours, a strong (arguably too assertive) sweet oak influence and long finish.
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