Is this woman an over-achiever, or just ridiculously talented? Whichever it is, she obviously has the energy of several ordinary people. For ordinary, she is not. South Australian Roseworthy College graduate Kate Radburnd commenced her New Zealand career in 1987 with Vidal, where she produced a string of award-winning wines. In 1991, she joined Pask, where she is Head Winemaker, becoming a co-owner in 1993 and Managing Director in 1999. Under her guidance Pask has seriously ramped up its rep, and along the way secured an impressive haul of trophies, gold medals and accolades.
Is that enough? Apparently not. In addition to her winemaking duties, Kate has been a board member of NZ Winegrowers for over a decade; championed and chaired Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand for five years; has been a senior wine judge at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards and Chair of Judges at the New Zealand Easter Show Wine Awards. She was appointed by Air New Zealand as a wine consultant in 2005. For her outstanding contribution to New Zealand’s wine industry, Kate was awarded the George Fistonich Medal in 2010, and in November of this year was inducted as a Fellow of New Zealand Winegrowers.
But really, all of that aside, can she make a good wine? Yes, of course she can; they’re fabulous. The selection below are under her own name, with an emphasis on varietal integrity and well-defined aromatics. They are excellent drinking and superbly priced for the quality they deliver. Kate Radburnd? She’s a keeper.
Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Merlot