The “Valley” series of wines focus on the unique traits of Marlborough’s emerging sub-regions. Regional, sometimes vineyard-specific, these wines highlight the attributes of individual sites. The dry Awatere Valley has a more extreme climate than most of Marlborough, with strong winds, variable soils, greater temperature fluctuations and a later ripening season. Vines are planted from sea level to fairly high altitude, where scarce water can limit vine growth. As a result, the berry size is small and flavours intense. Wines are expressive, characterized by a minerality-dominated structure and great acid retention.
Pale straw in colour with green highlights. Blackcurrant leaf, lime zest, lemongrass and elderflower on the nose. This is a medium-bodied wine with notes of white currant, preserved lemon, fresh herbs, and a dry, savoury, weighty finish.
“Typically grassy Awatere Valley Sauvignon Blanc, with classic tomato leaf, nettle, chalky mineral and capsicum flavours. Nicely weighted wine with a dry, but not austere, texture. Impressive concentration and length.”
95 points, Bob Campbell, MW, Jan 2017
“I’m a huge fan of the classy, poised Astrolabe Sauvignon Blancs. [The Awatere Valley] is vivid, not vicious – lime, lemon and bergamot zest against a background of green leaves, lemongrass and basil.”
Victoria Moore, The Telegraph’s “Wine Columnist of the Year”, April 2016