Growing Region: Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand
Head Winemaker: Kate Radburnd
The name of this wine ‘Trilliant’ is in reference to a particular cut of diamond - and a trilliant can be seen on the new Pask logo, which was updated earlier this year. The shield icon communicates three elements - combining the Pask Winery initials, the stones from the Gimblett Gravels, and the trilliant diamond cut, representing the jewel in the crown - their unique vineyards. Kate has only blended 375 cases of this particular vintage.
Blaufränkisch - which is German for blue Frankish - is a dark-skinned red wine grape varietal. For a long time before DNA analysis, Blaufränkisch was thought to be a clone of the varietal Gamay Noir, due to certain similarities in morphology and possibly due to its name Gamé in Bulgaria. But DNA profiling has recently identified Blaufränkisch is a cross between Gouais Blanc and as yet, an unidentified Frankish grape varietal. One of the leading candidates for the Frankish parent is ‘Blauer Silvaner’ - though still to be verified.
While the first documentation of Blaufränkisch did not occur until 1862, when the grape was included in a viticultural exposition in Vienna, Austria, it is thought it is much older, and has perhaps been around as long as the Middle Ages under a variety of Fränkisch synonyms.
For those who know me well - it is no secret that my stomach and ocean waves do not get along. So taking the short ferry journey across to Waiheke Island - just 35 minutes from downtown Auckland - might not sound like much, but I rarely make it across feeling my best. But once on the island - this place is something special. Not just for tourism, which due to the internet and international travelers, the world has found in large numbers.
There are vineyard sites, like the one found by Steve White is the early 1980’s that are a gift to wine grapes and to winemakers willing to put in the effort and listen to each varietal row. Then to be daring and have enough confidence to craft a wine which will be greater than the sum of its parts. Which gives pleasure to wine enthusiasts the world over lucky enough to share a glass with people they care about.
Growing Region: Marlborough, New Zealand
Owner / Winemaker: Jules Taylor
Jules Taylor is at the top of her game when you talk about Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Selecting unique sites which expressive a multitude of subtle layers and lifted varietal characters. When you know your sites and know what to look for in the vineyard, within each row and even within the individual bunches - this varietal in the right hands and with respectful winemaking can express an incredible diversity of flavour.