Overview of the Wine
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
Hand-picked fruit was de-stemmed, crushed and cold soaked for five days then fermented at warm temperature with wild yeast in small open-top vats. Traditional submerging of the ‘cap’ by hand-plunging was followed by a light pressing. The pinot noir was then aged in French oak barriques for 10 months. Bottled 7th March, 2018.
Grape / Blend
100% Pinot Noir
Marlborough, New Zealand;
Southern Valleys (85%) and Kekerengu Coast (15%), Marlborough, New Zealand.
"Ripe dark and red cherry, brambly fruits, spice and leather, with a hint of smoky oak.
A full-bodied wine with round, mouth-filling flavours of plum, brambly fruit, dark cherry and a hint of savoury herbs. The oak integrates nicely with the fruit and the silky and linear tannin structure."
Product size: 750ml