Ash Ridge ‘Estate’, ‘Premium’, and ‘Hills & Rivers’ Releases

Ash Ridge Wines is the Bridge Pa, Hawke’s Bay wine venture of Chris and Sonya Wilcox who operate a winery and cellar door at their home ‘Cardoness’ vineyard on S.H. 50 near the junction of Ngatarawa Road. They also have their ‘Peet’ vineyard nearby, and draw contact fruit to make a broad range of well-defined wines, from the ‘Estate’ and ‘Premium’ bottlings to the limited release ‘Vintner’s Reserve’ wines. They have as a junior label, the ‘Hills & Rivers’ wines which are made in a more accessible style which showcases varietal and Hawke’s Bay regional character. Lauren Swift id the Ash Ridge winemaker, and the wines have been earning increasing critical acclaim. Here, I review a selection of new release ‘Hills & Rivers’, ‘Estate’ and ‘Premium’ wines.


  • Hills & Rivers Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2016
  • Hills & Rivers Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2015
  • Ash Ridge ‘Estate’ Hawke’s Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2016
  • Ash Ridge ‘Estate’ Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2016
  • Ash Ridge ‘Estate’ Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2016
  • Ash Ridge ‘Premium’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016

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