As I am currently 13 hours ahead of most I thought I would generate this one. Visited Askerne Winery in Hawkes Bay yesterday and enjoyed a cross section of the aromatic white for which they are justifiably known.
Locally they are particularly known for their Gewürztraminer, which was dry, spicy and delicious. However, for me the stars of the show were their late harvest Gewürztraminer and their Noble Noir.
The Noble is produced in very small quantities using what appeared to be a version of the solera system used for sherry. They are moving wines between barrels and refreshing with the latest vintage - hence the NV tag.
My notes were:
Askerne Hawke’s Bay Late Harvest Gewürztraminer 2017. Clean and bright. Deep gold. Clean nose. Honey and spice. Citrus. Clean palate. Sweet. Good acidity. Rich. Intense flavour. Candid orange, honey, spice, citrus. Long finish. Needs two or three more years in bottle.
Askerne Hawke’s Bay Noble Noir NV. Clean and bright. Deep red/tawny with clear age at rim. Clean nose. Intense. Oloroso style. Nutty, figs, honey. Clean palate, Sweet. Medium acidity. Rich. Mature. Figs, honey. Long finish. Delicious wine. Perfect with Christmas cake or blue cheese.