Some­thing spe­cial to drink

The Insider's Guide to New Zealand - - SOUTH ISLAND -

A large green build­ing be­side the high­way near Kurow houses Pasquale’s Win­ery and, de­spite the in­dus­trial ap­pear­ance, a com­fort­able cel­lar door. Es­tab­lished in 2006 by Ital­ian philoso­pher and busi­ness­man Dr An­to­nio Pasquale, the win­ery, which opened in 2009, pro­duces two ranges of wine – the en­try-level Kurow Vil­lage and the premium Pasquale. Af­ter ex­per­i­ment­ing with nu­mer­ous grape va­ri­eties in a vine­yard in the Hakataramea Val­ley, Pasquale now sources all its grapes from the home vine­yard within the es­tate walls and pro­duces 20 wines, from lean, min­eral styles to honey-like botry­tised wines. The range in­cludes pinot noir, chardonnay, ries­ling, pinot gris, arneis, gewürztraminer, a very light rosé made from pinot noir and dol­cetto, a cou­ple of medium-sweet wines, Penny Pink and Penny Gold, sev­eral dessert wines of vary­ing sweet­ness and rich­ness, in­clud­ing an Ital­ian pas­sito style made from grapes picked then al­lowed to dry, and a de­li­cious limon­cello liqueur from a fam­ily recipe. A big flock of sheep is em­ployed for sev­eral months twice a year to do the mow­ing and for leaf pluck­ing in the sum­mer be­fore the grapes ripen. Cel­lar door open seven days 10am to 4pm (closed late May un­til early Septem­ber).

5292 Kurow Dun­troon Road, Kurow, (03) 436 0443, pasquale.co.nz

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