In a nutshell: A lively and well structured Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc from the Kekerengu Coast area.
The lowdown: The mild spring and cool winds of this fast emerging sub-region give it the longest growing season in Marlborough which coupled with the limestone soils give a unique savoury character to the wines. Aromas of lime zest and pink grapefruit preced the full bodied, round and concentrated palate with a generous amount of peach and tropical fruit flavours.
When to drink: A rewarding wine to drink as an aperitif and it also goes well with oysters, shellfish and lobster.
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.Their winery is situated in the heart of the Wairau Valley between Renwick and Blenheim.
They produce a range of wines that 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 of his skill and experience combine to capture the essence of Marlborough in wines of purity, focus and elegance.