Askerne Reserve Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2018 $32.90

Prepare for a juggernaut of jungle juice tropicality, electrifying acidity, spunky citrus and a dollop of delicious, biscuity oak and smoke on the finish.  It’s a sexy chardonnay indeed and clearly the team at Askerne had a very good handle on its potential as soon as the grapes were harvested because it smells and tastes of something very carefully crafted, but something that was also a heck of a lot of fun to make.  Don’t ask me how it does that, it’s just an impression I got as soon as I poured my first glass.  Glossy, golden and an absolute giant of a wine.  I LOVE it!