About The Producer
Named after the ship that in 1827 charted and explored the Marlborough Coast, Astrolabe is a personal project for winemaker Simon Waghorn and his wife, Jane. Astrolabe wines express the purity and intensity of fruit flavours naturally afforded by the climate and soils of the Marlborough region. All grapes are sourced from unique Marlborough sites, carefully chosen to add complexity and completeness in the wines. Simon is fascinated by the distinctive qualities of the Marlborough sub-regions, whether bottled alone or blended as part of the Marlborough classic. All Simon’s skill and experience combine to capture the essence of Marlborough.
"I want to have a complex wine that isn’t just about the beautiful fruit but has added depth through textures and winemaking complexities that give it a bit more intrigue but still leave the wine as a perfect food accompaniment. I seek to maintain svelte plushness and good length in my pinot noir and a natural vibrancy of fruit. I am looking for a brighter and more lively style of pinot noir built around a core of red cherry flavours. It is all about life in the fruit, good acidity and plush drinkability.
When I think about pinot noir and what I want to do with it here in Marlborough, of course, I want all the lovely Marlborough fruit, which comes naturally with our climate, but I also want to fashion a wine that’s svelte and supple and gives people an alternative to the big reds that dominate the world. Pinot noir occupies a special place. It’s a food-friendly red. It’s a red that has vibrancy and life in it. That’s what I’m focusing on — making sure that we don’t lose that sense of vitality from the fruit in the wine and style it in a way that it is long, plush, enjoyable and full without being heavy and muscular." - Simon Waghorn, Winemaker
About The Wine
Climate: The 2017-2018 growing season was the warmest since the first grapes were planted in Marlborough in 1973. Temperatures were 1.1 degrees over the long-term average. It was wetter than normal January through March and made tricky by three extended rain events. A dry period between late February and late March helped the. grapes get through in reasonable condition, and the health of the canopies ensured good flavour development.
Soils: A slightly elevated river terrace of deep silt loam interspersed with fragmented limestone. Vine Management: Standard trellis with pruning to two canes and vertical shoot positioning. Vines are trimmed closely, well tucked, and leaf plucking is minimal. Cluster thinning is used to ensure light crops, evenly ripened and balanced fruit. Harvest Date: 8th to 26th April, 2018.
The fruit was handpicked, whole cluster pressed, and only the cuveé juice retained
for fermentation in stainless steel and old barrels. The combination of cultured and
wild yeast, fermentation on light grape solids and lees stirring has added texture
to the palate, and interesting complexity to the nose. The delicate fruit handling has
given the wine a racy and crisp structure. Bottled 20th November, 2018.
Grape / Blend
100% Chenin Blanc
Marlborough, New Zealand
Winemaker's Tasting Notes
Pale white gold hue, with a hint of green. Aromas of honeysuckle, with lemon-honey and a little vanilla from the oak. Medium bodied with a focuses minerally length and flavours of crisp apple, lemon and peach.Cellaring Made to age gracefully; weight and honeyed flavours will result from cellaring.
Pair with spring vegetables, grilled gamefish, goat's cheese souffle, pork terrine, and apple or pear salads.
Product size: 750ml
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