Ash Ridge Ariel Blanc de Blanc 2018

April 8, 2021By Yvonne

Ash Ridge Ariel Blanc de Blanc 2018 $45 Named after the yacht that the founder of Ash Ridge used to sail in the Clipper Around the World Yacht Race, this wine has bought an elegant, international feel to the portfolio of Ash Ridge for sure. Ripe and fruity and so full of flavour – it’s … Read More

Ash Ridge Premium Late Harvest Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2019

April 5, 2021By Yvonne

Ash Ridge Premium Late Harvest Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2019 $29 375ml It’s not a common thing finding a dessert-style chardonnay, but Lauren Swift and her team at Ash Ridge seem to be able to regularly turn out sweet, sticky superstar examples on the regular. Scented with grilled pineapple, roast peach, lemon meringue and marmalade all … Read More

Ash Ridge Ariel Hawke’s Bay Blanc de Blanc 2018

April 5, 2021By Yvonne

Ash Ridge Ariel Hawke’s Bay Blanc de Blanc 2018 $45 This classy Blanc de Blanc (100% Chardonnay), was crafted in the traditional vintage Champagne method where the initial base wine was barrel fermented and left on lees for 1 year before being bottled and re-fermented to build its ultra-fine mousse (bubbles), and then left again … Read More

Ash Ridge Premium Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

April 5, 2021By Yvonne

  Ash Ridge Premium Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 $32 There were rumblings and rumours and all manner of murmurs on the grapevine, that 2018 would be a pretty yowza year for cabernet sauvignon in Hawke’s Bay’s Bridge Pa sub-region. I’m pleased to report the gossip was true and correct. This Lauren Swift-crafted cabernet is … Read More

Ash Ridge Alti Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2020

April 5, 2021By Yvonne

Ash Ridge Alti Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2020 $29 There’s very little of this bony-dry, funky, mineral-heavy Pinot Gris left, so if you’re a fan of natural, skinsy, quartzy styles then this needs to be on your shopping list. Alti in that its made in an alternative style to conventional Pinot Gris and it’ll definitely … Read More

Ash Ridge Premium Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2017

April 5, 2021By Yvonne

Ash Ridge Premium Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2017 $32 Very, very toasty with hints of sawdust and spice: the caramelised characters in this Lauren Swift-crafted wine will definitely appeal to those who love old-school roastiness and nutty, creamy layers in their chardonnay. That was a long sentence — almost as long as the finish on this … Read More

Ash Ridge Estate Bridge Pa Merlot 2019

March 31, 2021By Yvonne

Ash Ridge Estate Bridge Pa Merlot 2019 $21.99 From those russet-red, iron rich soils of the Bridge Pa Triangle comes this dark, inky-scarlet sensation from Lauren Swift and the team at Ash Ridge. Showing earthy, dried herb, tar, black olive and mushroomy notes drifting across the blueberry and blackberry mid-palate, it’s a  soft yet generously … Read More

Ash Ridge Premium Bridge Pa Triangle Malbec 2018

March 2, 2021By Yvonne

Ash Ridge Premium Bridge Pa Triangle Malbec 2018 $32 Black Doris, Omega and Damson plums are all fighting for space in this dark, glossy, thing of goodness. Malbec is the signature red of Argentina, yet it’s clearly made a happy home at Ash Ridge in the sunbaked soils of Hawke’s Bay’s Bridge Pa Triangle sub-region. … Read More

Ash Ridge Premium Hawke’s Bay Malbec 2018

May 11, 2020By Yvonne

Ash Ridge Premium Hawke’s Bay Malbec 2018 $32 SUCH a pretty ruby-garnet colour and heaving with lifted raspberry, boysenberry, blueberry, oh what the heck, every berry!  There’s a solid, savoury line through this local version of a Bordeaux classic, of an Argentinean champion, and I love the leather and suede textures that come with that.  … Read More

Ash Ridge Estate Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2019

May 2, 2020By Yvonne

Ash Ridge Estate Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2019 $22 No joke, when this wine was poured for me, the glass was over a metre away and as the wine sloshed from the bottle, the space between me and it was filled with a cloud of apple pie intensity.  Bright, ripe fruit, baking spices, pear and … Read More