Askerne Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Bordeaux Varietal Releases

27-Jun-2018

Askerne Winery was established in 1993 when John and Kathryn Loughlin planted 11 ha of white varieties on the Te Mata – Mangateretere Road at Havelock North, just down the road from John’s father’s Waimarama Estate. They did not plant reds so as to not conflict with Waimarama Estate’s production. They eventually planted 9 ha of reds in 2000 after John’s father sold, this giving them a vineyard offering a broad range of wines. The Loughlins have had a number of different winemakers, but I believe that the wines have taken a noticeable step-up with Ant Mackenzie coming on board in 2013. The arrival of the talented Hayden Penny has furthered the progress, and both Ant and Hayden have given fine-tuning viticultural advice to the Loughlin family so the fruit is in even better condition. Hayden Penny has now taken over the winemaking role, joined at the start of May this year by Oliver Styles from Vidal Estate. Ant now takes a less hands-on, but still important consultant’s role. The advances and developments at Askerne are looking pretty exciting. Here I review new releases of Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Noir, Syrah and the Bordeaux-varietal wines. www.askerne.co.nz


FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Askerne Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2017
  • Askerne Hawke’s Bay Gewurztraminer 2016
  • Askerne Hawke’s Bay Gewurztraminer 2015
  • Askerne Hawke’s Bay Pinot Noir 2017
  • Askerne Hawke’s Bay Pinot Noir 2016
  • Askerne Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2016
  • Askerne Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2015
  • Askerne Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Franc 2016
  • Askerne Hawke’s Bay Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc 2016
  • Askerne ‘Reserve’ Hawke’s Bay Merlot/Cabernet Franc/Cabernet Sauvignon/Malbec 2016

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