One of the world’s most renowned winemakers, Kate Radburnd spent 26 years at CJ Pask in Hawke’s Bay quietly establishing her reputation. Awards were plentiful, with her 1998 Pask Reserve Merlot awarded the Bordeaux Trophy at the International Wine Challenge in 2000. A long term champion of sustainability, Pask was awarded the Trophy for sustainability at the International Wine Challenge in 2014.
Kate has now set up her own winery, Radburnd Cellars, where she is now doing it for herself. Established in 2017 with the single purpose of making her very best wine from each vintage without compromise, ,using the best fruit, equipment and resources. 2018 is her first vintage release. The wines are handmade and produced in very small quantities. The very best of New Zealand.
“There’s nothing like the first day of harvest. I just love seeing the fruit on the vine and I know for the next 6-8 weeks this is what we’re focusing on, and I just can’t wait to get into it.”
Aged for 21 months new and seasoned French oak, this is a powerful, yet restrained and elegant wine, with wonderfully lifted aromas of wild berry fruits. The palate reveals layers of complexity. Intense dark fruits with cassis and plum fruits combining deliciously and the finish is long and impressive.
Especially good with lamb, veal or beef, either cooked or grilled. Also offers a great match to many strong cheeses.
Bob Campbell MW 94/100 ★★★★
Delicately aromatic and seamless red with floral, violet, blackcurrant bud, fresh herbs, raspberry, and spicy flavours. A backbone of fine, drying tannins suggests cellaring potential. 2020–2030