Askerne Hawke’s Bay Pinot Noir 2016 4 Stars

Askerne Hawke’s Bay Pinot Noir 2016 4 Stars

Dark, deep, ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the edge. The nose is fresh and firm with very good depth and concentration of ripe dark-red cherry and berry fruit along with notes of black plums and spices, unfolding some fresh, piquant dark herbs. Some game notes unfold with aeration. Medium-full bodied, the palate has rich and sweet, juicy and vibrant fruit flavours of red berry fruit, dark plums and subtle notes of savoury dark herbs and earth, unfolding spice nuances. The palate is bright and the mouthfeel has good vitality and energy. The fruit is supported by fine-grained tannin extraction with light, lacy acidity providing freshness and energy. The wine carries to a soft, lingering finish. This is a bright and juicy, ripe Pinot Noir with cherry, berry and plum fruit flavours along with dark herbs and earth unfolding floral and spices on a fine-textured palate. Match with lamb, beef and venison over the next 5 years. Predominantly clones 667 and 777, with Abel, 5 and 10/5, destemmed and indigenous yeast fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 30% new French oak. 17.5+/20 Jun 2018 RRP $22.90