The Name Askerne

Askerne is named after an old Yorkshire Spa town, which was the birthplace of Kathryn Loughlin. The trees on the label are a representation of the gum trees which are a major feature of the site.

The Askerne Estate Winery vineyard site comprises six different soils varying between river gravels, sandy soils, silt and loams. The sub soils vary from gravels, red-metal and clay. These various soils have been matched to particular varieties and also to produce complexity within varietal styles.

The site also has unique climatic attributes. It is forward of both
the Haumoana hills and Havelock North hills and is close to the coast, benefiting from the moderating effect of the sea. It is a plains site receiving cooling winds from all directions including draughts from
the adjoining Tuki Tuki river which laid down the various soils. These cooling effects are key contributors to the elegance and aromatics of
our white wines.

The soils and climate provide a base, which is built on by a variety of clones and rootstocks within each variety to add further complexity.
Our viticultural management reflects a meticulous approach to our philosophy that fine wine is made in the vineyard.

The site allows us to grow a wide range of varities, currently planted – Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Gris, Semillon, Chardonnay, Viognier, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Noir, Barbera, Carmenere, Mourvedre, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot

Winemaking Philosophy

At Askerne, the majority of fruit is hand harvested and sorted. Winemaking techniques have been refined in search of elegance, structure and the aromatic qualities that we desire for each wine style. Our winemaking seeks to gently coax the flavours and aromatics from the fruit and then to polish and showcase them in all their glory. Winemaking techniques focus on the traditional and the minimalist.

We aspire to produce wines which complement food, but are vibrant and exciting when standing alone.