Askerne Hawke’s Bay Viognier 2016

Viognier from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 06-Jul-2017
Bright, light golden-hued yellow colour, a little lighter on the edge. This has a gently rich and full nose of ripe apricot fruit along with subtle exotic yellow stonefruit notes, entwined with savoury creamy barrel-ferment and nutty oak notes. Dryish to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate is up-front with sweetly ripe apricot and savoury yellow stonefruit flavours, along with creamy barrel-ferment richness and nutty oak elements. The fruit flavours form a rounded, but concentrated core, underlined by some alcoholic power. The acidity is integrated and the wine carries with freshness and linearity to a long, rich, luscious apricotty and nutty finish. This is an up-front, dryish Viognier with ripe and savoury apricot, stonefruit and creamy, nutty flavours on a rounded core with some alcoholic drive. Match with Asian and Middle Eastern fare over the next 3+ years. Fruit from the lower terraces of the ‘Askerne’ vineyard, hand-picked, WBP and fully barrel-fermented, partially by indigenous yeasts to 14.0% alc. and 5 g/L RS, the wine aged 10 months in 20% new French oak, the majority going through MLF. 17.5+/20 Jul 2017 RRP $22.00

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