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 18 months in new and seasoned French oak, this is a fragrant and elegant Syrah exhibiting a beautiful purity of fruit, with a silky texture and layers of complex dark fruits. The high fruit concentration is wrapped around a backbone of finely tuned tannins.
Try with duck breast with lavender beetroot and sweet potato!
Bob Campbell MW 95/100 ★★★★★
Gently aromatic syrah with roasted chestnut, floral, violet, sweet herbs, raspberry, plum and spicy oak flavours. A supple, elegant wine with appealing sweet fruit and a silken texture. Should develop well with bottle age. 2020–2030