Wine Reviews

Wine Tasting notes. August 2015

Ash Ridge Wines, Hawke's Bay

Ash Ridge Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2014  RRP $21, $15.75

Some oak present on the nose (wine gums) . Pungent and initially slightly reductive  (closed and bound up with sulphur). The wine opened up tasting of passionfruit and feijoa  with hints of mineral on the palate. The oak underpins the wines but enhances it without being noticeable making it seamless to taste with just a hint of coconut oak. Elegant and a great food wine. Very good length of flavour. 17/20 

Ash Ridge Estate Chardonnay  2014     13.3% alcohol. $21, $17, $15,75

Deep straw coloured with a Lovely fresh nose which has creamy hint and greengage plum. Tastes like fresh apples with a hint of cream. AN elegant wine, Nicely balanced with gentle acidity. Medium focused with lots of fine detail, which is a sign of a quality wine. 18/20.

Ash Ridge Estate Viognier 2014. 12.7% alcohol.

Light straw coloured. Nose smells of citrus including lemon, orange and mandarin finishing with apricots. These flavours show through on the  palate along with grapefruit rind. As the palate opens up. Good acid stops this wine from tasting too soft and flabby.  The home of Viognier wines is Condrieu in the Rhone, Southern of France.  17/20 

Ash Ridge 2014 Syrah 12% alcohol  $21. $17, $15

Anise and blackberry nose with spicy black and white pepper. The wine tastes rich. The wine has slightly rustic and chunky tannins.  16/20

Ash Ridge  Merlot 2014   13.7% alcohol.  $26, $22,$19.50 

Dark purple rim.  A tangy acid (savoury) nose, meaty with a hint of anise and sweet blackberry jelly.  The palate tastes as it smells and has a good acid balance. The wine is concentrated and coated the teeth. Tannins are almost chunky.  17.5/20

Ash Ridge Premium Estate Malbec 2014 $26, $22 , $19.50.

Deep crimson, purple colour and rim in the glass. Nose shows watermelon, cassis, red roses and  lilacs. Lovely aromatics. The palate is consistent showing the floral characters with dark fruit. The wine shows the  good vintage. 18/20

Ash Ridge Reserve Syrah 2013.

The wines smells tangy and meaty and tastes the same then becomes almost  sour then very savoury to taste and quite intense. The wine then became strongly barnyard  in flavour from brettanomycetes yeast. This is a contentious wine as the brettanomycetes is considered a wine fault when excessive and some like the character. 18/20 

Ash Ridge have a wine club which sends you   6 bottles twice a year at $99 for each 6 pack. Each shipment contains of 4 estate wines and 2 premium or reserve wines.  These wines standout for me as being crafted and slightly off the commercial middle ground, what you would expect from a boutique winery.

 Tasting Notes by Lance Joe

Ash Ridge Wines, Hawke's Bay


Maungaraki Community Centre, 135 Dowse Drive, Maungaraki, Lower Hutt