DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL | NZIWS 2023
GOLD MEDAL | NWAA 2023
GOLD MEDAL | Bayleys Hawke's Bay Wine Awards 2023
GOLD MEDAL | Regional Aoetearoa Wine Competition 2023
FIVE STARS 94/100 | Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
95/100 'Outstanding' | Cameron Douglas MS
Here's something truly exciting for fans of premium, barrel-fermented Hawke's Bay Chardonnay. Askerne's all-conquering 2022 Reserve Chardonnay has cut a track through the award rounds, and after one sip, you'll know why. This is magical wine; an opulent weighty style with punchy flavours, plenty of spicy oak and lots going on in the glass. Master Sommelier Cameron Douglas has given it an 'Outstanding' rating, and he's right on the money. It comes very, repeat very highly recommended.
Cameron Douglas MS writes "Complex and detailed bouquet with layers of fresh stone fruits and white fleshed tree fruits, some grapefruit and a light reductive gun flint quality. Complex and new. As the wine touches the palate textures of silk and cream, a near full-bodied mouthfeel with flavours that reflect the bouquet - stone and citrus fruits, a mix of baking spice and moderate toasty barrel influences. Complex and young still, great mouthfeel and finish."
Sam Kim, Wine Orbit writes "Complex and seductive, the wine shows grilled stone fruit, French vanilla, cedar and brioche aromas on the nose, followed by a concentrated palate offering plush texture and creamy mouthfeel. Wonderfully harmonious and richly expressed, making it highly enjoyable."
The winery writes "Intense aromas of stone fruit and ripe citrus, layered with scented floral spice, vanillan sweetness and limey mineral notes. The palate is full and textural, but tight and structured with rich oak spice, bright and concentrated citrus flavours and a juicy acidity that providing wonderful length."
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