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C J Pask

1133 Omahu Rd, Hastings, Hawke's Bay

Cellar Door: Weekdays (9-5); Sat and pub hols (10-5); Sun (11-4)

Ph: (+64) 6 879 7906

CJ pask label


Chris Pask, founder of C.J. Pask and of Gimblett Road planted the first Cabernet Sauvignon vines in the area's stony soils in 1982.Three years later, Chris set up his winery to produce C.J. Pask Gimblett Road wines.

Award winning winemaker Kate Radburnd joined in 1991 after seven years with Vidal Wine Estate in Hastings. In 1993 Kate became a shareholder in the business and was appointed to the position of Managing Director. Successful Wellington businessman John Benton bought into the company in 1999, and along with Chris and Kate holds an equal one third share of the company.

The winery owns and manages almost 100 hectares of established vineyards at Gimblett Road.

The wines are in three ranges: the budget Roy's Hill (Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Merlot, unoaked Chardonnay, Rose, Merlot); the mid-range Gimblett Road (Merlot, Chardonnay, Riesling, Syrah, Cabernet Merlot, Viognier) and the premium Declaration (Syrah, Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet-Merlot-Malbec, and a sparkling).

CJ Pask Entrance (photo courtesy: CJ pask)

Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

CJ Pask Gimblett Gravel Viognier 2010

Purchased: Not ($NZ20)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2011, rich and floral showing white peach, apricot and orange blossom with ginger and spice notes, minerally with lively and tangy citric acids, some fine savoury phenolics without any bitterness (****)

CJ Pask Declaration Cabernet Merlot Malbec 2007

Purchased: Not ($A45/$NZ50)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: July 2010, floral nose with blackcurrant, dark plum and violet and white pepper notes, savoury, linear and medium bodied with lots of sweet cedar-vanilla oak, has good concentration and even ripeness (***1/2)

CJ Pask Declaration Chardonnay 2008

Purchased: Not ($A31/$NZ35)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: July 2010, brightly flavoured and ripe lemon, melon and lime with some matchstick and mealy yeast lees notes, fresh lemony acids with caramel-malt oak, refreshing chassis of quinine minerality (***1/2)

CJ Pask Declaration Malbec 2006

Purchased: Not ($NZ50)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: July 2010, medium bodied and plummy with flashes of mulberry, smooth and a bit broad and ripe with lots of toasty brown spices, some grippy acids alongside finely grained tannins (***)

CJ Pask Declaration Syrah 2007

Purchased: Not ($NZ54)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2010, from the best parcels of the Settlement 2 block, smooth, rich and deeply flavoured showing blackberry and black cherry with violet, black pepper and mint nuances, savoury, meaty and medium-full bodied palate with a web of fine tannins, creamy and spicy vanilla-chocolate oak inputs (****)

C J Pask Declaration Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Malbec 2005

Purchased: Not ($A40/ $NZ26)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2008, ripe plum and sour black cherry with anise and mint notes, smooth and medium-full bodied palate shows pepper and dried herb features, chocolate and cigar box on the savoury finish, firm but well structured tannic structure (****)

C J Pask Declaration Merlot 2005

Purchased: Not ($A40)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2007, black cherry and plum with some sweet raspberry nuances, medim bodied palate shows light pepper and balancing underlying sourness, coffee-cedar oak, fine grained tannins (***1/2)

C J Pask Declaration Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Malbec 2004

Purchased: Not ($A40)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2007, sour plum and black cherry with liquorice notes, savoury and medium-full bodied palate shows pepper and dried herb features, chocolate and cigar box on the sweet finish, firm tannic structure (***1/2)

C J Pask Gimblett Road Merlot 2005

Purchased: Not ($A20)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2007, medium bodied plum and blackberry with violet notes, peppery mid-palate with cedar-vanilla oak, smooth tannins (***)