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17 November,2017

oaskOak Estate is the Hawke’s Bay wine venture of Stefan and Nadine Loetscher, who purchased the former Salvare operation on Ngatarawa Road. The Loetschers were restaurateurs previously, owning ‘Pure’ in Herne Bay, Auckland, and their decision to create a more family-oriented lifestyle brought them to Hawke’s Bay. They opened their new business in September this year and their point of difference besides winegrowing is serving good food and selling artisan food products at the cellar door and kitchen. There are plans to build a full kitchen within the next 12 months.

The 3.5 ha vineyard is planted to clone 15 Chardonnay, and the Loetschers will plant another 1 ha of Chardonnay in 2018. There is another hectare available and the intention is to add more white varieties. The Loetscher family are all hands-on in the vineyard, the 6 y.o. daughter working with the vines, and the 9 y.o. son also working in the cellar door. For their first release, they have 2017 Rosé, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay, the latter from the ‘Home’ block, and a 2015 Merlot and Syrah, the other wines made from fruit or the wine sourced from nearby vineyards. This arrangement will continue for the immediate future. Ant Mackenzie is the contracted winemaker, making the wines at the Askerne facility. Here, I review the first Oak Estate releases. For more information, email:


Oak Estate Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2017

Rose from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay


Bright, light salmon-pink with some depth and slight purple hues on the edge. The nose is fresh with gently voluminous aromas of watermelon, quince and strawberries, along with red florals and light thirst-quenching mineral elements. Dryish to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has light fruit flavours of watermelon, quince, redcurrants and strawberries, unfolding light floral nuances. The mouthfeel is lively and zesty and the wine flows along a subtly mouthwatering dry, phenolic line. The fruit is elegantly expressed and the flavours carry to a light, nuanced finish. This is a light-fruited dry rosé with subtle flavours of watermelon, quince, currants and red florals on a mouthwatering, dry palate. Serve as an aperitif, with canapés and antipasto over the next 2 years. 100% Malbec from the a single Bridge Pa Triangle site, directly pressed to tank and fermented to 12.5% alc. and 6 g/L RS. 16.5+/20 Nov 2017 RRP $23.00

Oak Estate Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2017

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay


Bright, even straw-yellow colour, a little paler on the rim. The nose is fresh with firm and well-concentrated aromas of white and yellow stonefruits along with exotic florals, some honeysuckle, and lifted fermentation esters. The aromatics form a fine core with good depth. Off-dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has a moderately concentrated core of white and yellow stonefruits entwined with soft exotic floral notes, hints of honeysuckle and esters lift. The mouthfeel is lively and vigorous from fresh acidity, and the flavours flow with energy and drive along a fine-textured line, leading to an aromatic finish. This is a moderately concentrated dryish Pinot Gris with stonefruit, floral, honeysuckle and esters on a bright and zesty palate with good linearity. Match with Asian and Middle Eastern fare over the next 3+ years. Fruit from Crownthorpe and Havelock Hills, cool-fermented in stainless-steel, with approx. 10% in oak to 12.5% alc. and 9 g/L RS, the wine aged on lees. 17.5/20 Nov 2017 RRP $23.00

Oak Estate ‘Home Block’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2017

Chardonnay from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay


Bright, light yellow colour with pale golden hues, lighter on the edge. This has an elegantly packed nose with good depth of savoury stonefruits melded with creamy barrel-ferment and nutty oak along with flinty elements and subtle lemon-curd MLF aromas. Medium-full bodied, the palate has a good heart with deep flavours of savoury stonefruits entwined with nutty oak and complexing flinty nuances and a layering of lemon-curd MLF. The flavours are mouthfilling, and are underlined by good power and drive, flowing along a fine-textured line with balanced, fresh acidity. The nutty flavours and MLF carry to a lingering finish. This is a well-concentrated and flavoursome Chardonnay with savoury stonefruit, flint and nutty detail, and a soft layering of lemon-curd MLF. Match with seafood, poultry and pork dishes over the next 4 years. Clone 15 fruit from the ‘Home’ block, hand-picked, WBP and barrel-fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 11 months in 25% new French oak with 100% MLF. 18.0/20 Nov 2017 RRP $26.00

Oak Estate Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2015

Merlot from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay


Dark deep, purple-hued ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the rim, youthful in appearance. The nose is softly concentrated and a little shy in expression, showing dark-red plum and berry fruit aromas along with an amalgam of dark-red florals with nuances of herbs and earth. Full-bodied, the palate has flavours of ripe, dark-red plums and berry fruit with notes of dark herbs and iron-earth characters which lend a little rusticity. The fruit is rich and deep, and is supported by grainy-textured tannins providing good structure and grip, and is balanced by fresh acidity. The flavours carry along a well-concentrated line, leading to a long savoury finish. This is a full-bodied Merlot with slightly restrained aromas and flavours of dark-red plums, berries, herbs and earth on a well-concentrated palate with tannin grip. Match with barbecued and roasted beef and lamb dishes over the next 5-6 years. Fruit from inland gravels, hand-picked and indigenous yeast fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 12 months in 30% new French oak. 17.0-/20 Nov 2017 RRP $23.00

Oak Estate Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2015

Syrah from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay


Full, even, dark, deep ruby-red colour with purple hues, a little lighter edged, very youthful in appearance. The nose is fresh and vibrantly aromatic with full, ripe dark raspberry and blackberry fruit intermixed with black pepper, violet florals and hints of reductive, minerally complexities. Medium-bodied, the palate has rich and bright fruit flavours of sour dark raspberries and blackberry fruit, intermingling with black pepper, earthy elements and hints of reduction, unfolding spice and floral notes. The fruit is enlivened by lacy acidity and supported by light, grainy tannin extraction. The acidity and structure carries the flavours to a lingering finish. This is a vibrantly rich-fruited Syrah with blackberry raspberry and peppery flavours on a fresh and lively palate with acid drive. Serve with roasted game meats and casseroles over the next 5-6 years . Fruit from inland gravels, hand-picked and indigenous yeast fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 20 months in 25% new French oak. 17.5/20 Nov 2017 RRP $26.00

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