Kate Radburnd part owner and winemaker of C J Pask gave us a very interesting history of her involvement in the winemaking industry and her involvement in C J Pask Wines. Ex of Roseworthy she visited NZ looking for a job and started out at Vidals. She intended to stay for 2 or 3 vintages and then head home to Oz. But after 7 years at Vidals she helped Chris Pask get started and 21 years later is a part owner.
Kate talked of some of the problems facing the industry in NZ at the moment one of which is our size, NZs wine output is 0.2% of the world output so for us to survive the very top quality wines have to be made for world export. Another issue was the oversupply by overcropping which led to cheap bulk wine being sent overseas. As well there is now counterfeiting of wine by using NZ labels, especially in China.
Kate gave us a 2010 Gimblett Gravels Sarah and a 2009 Declaration to compare. She explained the different techniques used on the two wines and the extra vineyard and winery treatment on the Declaration was very evident in it having a much better nose and depth of flavour.