Askerne Hawke’s Bay Noble Semillon 2016

Sweet Wine from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 09-Dec-2017
Light golden-yellow colour with some depth, pale on the rim. The nose is softly full with deeply packed aromas of ripe tropical fruits with notes of apricots, honey and marmalade, with nectar elements, unveiling lifted yellow florals and nuances of savoury, nutty oak. Very sweet to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is soft and rich, quite unctuous in texture with a rounded core of ripe tropical fruits, apricots and subtle layers of marmalade and honey. The flavours are a little restrained in expression. The mouthfeel is opulent and smooth, the richness enhanced by soft, low acidity. The wine flows gently to a soft finish. This is a soft, rich and unctuous Noble Semillon with restrained flavours of tropical fruits, apricots marmalade and honey. Serve with baked desserts, and crème caramel over the next 3-4+ years. A blend of 85% Semillon and 15% Viognier from the ‘Askerne’ upper terrace vineyard, bunches selected for heavy botrytis infection , hand-picked, foot-stomped and fermented to 11.5% alc. and 126 g/L RS, the wine aged 9 months in 20% new French oak. (375 ml) 17.5+/20 Dec 2017 RRP $31.90

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