Askerne 2016 Viognier and 2015 Reserve Merlot Cabernet Franc Malbec

07-Jul-2017
Following in his father’s footsteps in establishing Waimarara Estate, John Loughlin and his wife Kathryn set up Askerne Winery on the Te Mata Mangateretere Road in 1993, planting only whites so as not to compete with his father. When Loughlin Senior sold Waimarama Estate, John and Kathryn added 9 ha of reds to their 11 ha of whites in 2000. Askerne has seen several winemakers make the wine very successfully, but with Ant Mackenzie coming on board in 2013, along with Hayden Penny, I have seen a step up in the style of the wines. The viticulture and winemaking has been fine-tuned, resulting in wines with increased detail and complexity allied to greater elegance. Here I review the 2016 Viognier and 2015 ‘Reserve’ Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon/Franc/Malbec. www.askerne.co.nz

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Askerne Hawke’s Bay Viognier 2016
  • Askerne ‘Reserve’ Hawkes’s Bay Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc/Malbec 2015

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