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Askerne

www.askerne.co.nz

267 Te Mata Mangateretere Road, Havelock North

Cellar Door: Dec-Easter Monday (Daily 10-5), Easter-Nov (Fri-Mon 11-5)

Ph: +64 6 8772089

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The Askerne vineyard and winery was established by wine lovers John and Kathryn Loughlin in 1993. Askerne is named after an old Yorkshire Spa town, which was the birthplace of Kathryn Loughlin.

They initially purchased as 28 acres of bare river terraces and have subsequentl expanded to 50 acres. The vineyard site consists of six different soils varying between river gravels, sandy soils, silt and loams. The sub soils vary from gravels, red-metal and clay.

The first wines were made in 1996 at the Waimaramara Estate Winery which was then owned by John's father Dr John Loughlin.

Craig Thomas joined the team as winemaker for the 2002 vintage. The current winery building and canopy were completed late and only hours before being required for the 2004 vintage.

They follow a minimalist and holistic approach and became Sustainable Wine-Growing NZ accredited from the 2004/2005 season.

The diverse wine portfolio includes: Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, a Merlot Rose, Pinot Gris, Noble Semillon, a fortified dessert Cabernet and some Bordeaux blends.

Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

Askerne Pinot Gris 2017

Purchased: Not ($NZ23)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2017, Silver at Air NZ Wine Awards 2017, perfumed yellow peach, pear and nectarine with honey, quince and white flower notes, just on the dry side (7.5 gms/l residual sugar), creamy with touch of brioche and  tangy citrus acidity (****1/2)

Askerne Viognier 2014

Purchased: Not ($NZ22)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2015, ripe, dry and concentrated barrel fermented style showing apricot and tropical fruit flavours with matchstick , ginger and roast nut notes, creamy palate with fine, ripe phenolics and good length (****1/2)

Askerne Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Purchased: Not ($NZ16)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2012, Gold Medal at Hawke’s Bay Wine Show 2011, 2% barrel ferment, fresh and aromatic and with intense passionfruit, lime and cut grass with some spicy green capsicum and a touch of textural complexity, underpinned with the brisk mandarin acidity infused in the minerality, good persistence and drive for the price point (****)

Askerne Chardonnay 2008

Purchased: Not ($NZ20)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: July 2010, blend of Mendoza, 15, 95 and 56 cones, fairly intensely flavoured despite the 55% malo, nectarine and pineapple with brisk grapefruit acidity, palate is infused with nutty/biscuit lees nuances, smoky French and US oak, good length and drive for the price point (****)

Askerne Reserve Merlot 2007

Purchased: Not ($NZ30)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: July 2010, fairly dry despite the red fruit that offsets the spicy plum and liquorice, austere and linear apart from some glycerolly mid-palate plumpness, smoky oak also adds some shaved lead pencil notes (***1/2)

Askerne Gewurztraminer 2009

Purchased: Not ($NZ20)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: July 2010, 10% barrel fermented in seasoned oak, gentle lychee and rose petal with ginger and cinnamon notes, attractively soft talc texture with some phenolic firmness on the finish but avoids bitterness (***1/2)

Askerne Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Purchased: Not ($NZ16)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: July 2010, Bronze Medal at Hawkes Bay Wine Show 2009, very aromatic, the off-dry palate shows intense passionfruit and cut grass with some spicy red capsicum and brisk mandarin acids infused in the minerality (***1/2)

Askerne Merlot Cabernet Franc Malbec 2007

Purchased: Not ($NZ20)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: July 2010, broad and medium bodied plum and mulberry with menthol and violet notes, modest dusting of pepper and cinnamon spice with fine loose knit tannins (***)

Askerne Dessert Cabernet 2008

Purchased: Not ($NZ20 for 375 ml)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: July 2010, silky and sweet coffee bean, vanilla and essency blackcurrant and a touch of dark chocolate, the 16.5% alcohol is fairly well integrated (***)