Pasquale 2012 Whites and 2011 Pinot Noirs

28-Jan-2015
Arriving from Italy in 1997, Antonio Pasquale established his winegrowing venture in the emerging Waitaki Valley region of North Otago planting nearly 30 ha of vines and establishing the region’s only winery. Early in 2013, Pasquale decided to call it a day, citing the difficulties in economic returns, but still espousing the unique minerality in the wines from the limestone-based soils. It was a great loss to the Waitaki Valley, but I’m pleased to report that Pasquale and Kurow Estate have been reinstated and producing wine again. The 2013 fruit was contracted out and the Hakataramea vineyards, actually in South Canterbury, being on the northern side of the Waitaki River, have now been sold. Under Renzo Mino who continues as general manager, wines have been made from the 2014 vintage. Mino, a viticulturist, has Petra Stangl assisting with the 8 ha of vines they are working with, and the wines are made at the re-commissioned winery by Craig Lory. There are stocks of 2012 and 2011 wines available for sale, and sales manager Patrick Tyrrell sees this as a positive, as Waitaki Valley wines can benefit with some bottle age. Here, I review a selection of 2012 whites and 2011 Pinot Noirs, these wines made by Cleighten Cornelius. www.pasquale.co.nz

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Pasquale Waitaki Valley Gewurztraminer 2012
  • Pasquale Waitaki Valley Viognier 2012
  • Pasquale Waitaki Valley Chardonnay 2012
  • Pasquale ‘Passito’ Waitaki Valley 2012
  • Pasquale Hakataramea Valley Pinot Noir 2011

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