Askerne 2014 and 2013 Whites and 2013 Reds

04-Dec-2014
Askerne is the single estate Hawke’s Bay vineyard and winery established by John and Kathryn Loughlin in 1993. Askerne is the name of the Yorkshire spa town where Kathryn was born. The Askerne vineyard is situated on the Te Mata-Mangateretere Road outside of Havelock North, and its position is more coastal influenced than the nearby Haumoana and Havelock Hills districts. The Loughlins planted the original 11 ha in 1993 focussing on whites at first, so as to not conflict with John’s father, Dr John Loughlin who made Bordeaux-styled reds at his Waimarama Estate. Red varieties were planted in 1998 following the sale of his father’s operation. The Loughlins expanded their plantings with another 9 ha in 2000. The first Askerne wines were made in 1996 at Waimarama Estate. Sorrelle Griffiths made the wines from 1997, then Craig Thomas from 2002 to 2009. The winemaker for 2010 to 2012 was Evert Nijzink, and Ant Mackenzie has assumed the responsibility from 2013. Here, I review the 2014 Pinot Gris, a selection of 2013 whites and 2013 red wines from Askerne. www.askerne.co.nz

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Askerne Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2014
  • Askerne Hawke’s Bay Gewurztraminer 2013
  • Askerne ‘Reserve’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2013
  • Askerne Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2013
  • Askerne ‘Reserve’ Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2013
  • Askerne ‘Reserve’ Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc/Malbec 2013

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