Askerne Hawke’s Bay Viognier 2014

Viognier from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 22-Jan-2015
Brilliant, light golden-yellow colour with some depth, lighter straw on edge. The nose is elegantly proportioned and well-concentrated with rich aromas of ripe exotic tropical fruits and apricots melded with complexing layers of creamy, nutty barrel ferment, reductive solids and flinty lees and smoky, toasty oak. Dry to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate is packed with soft and rich flavours of ripe apricots and tropical fruits, infused with gunflint reduction, nuts and toasty oak. The mouthfeel is creamy in texture and the wine is fulsome in presence, power and structure. Layers of complexing detail unfold and carry through to a long, soft and densely concentrated finish. This is a rich, ripe Viognier with considerable winemaker complexity that blossoms in the glass. Match with pasta, risotto and most white meat dishes over the next 3-4 years. Hand-picked fruit from the lower terraces of the ‘Askerne’ vineyard, fully barrel-fermented in 10% new American oak and 90% French, American and Hungarian oak, 1-3 y.o. to 14.0% alc. and <1 g/L RS 18.5/20 Jan 2015 RRP $22.00

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