LCBO Vintages Release
In New Zealand’s largest wine-producing region, surrounded by a sea of vineyards owned by corporate wineries, Astrolabe stands strong as an independent, family-owned producer of stunning wines. The Waghorn family should be proud of their success: five consecutive vintages of 90+ scores from Wine Spectator earned through perseverance and skill.
This Pinot Noir was made from grapes grown in the lower Waihopai and Wairau Valleys, the upper Brancott Valley, and the Kekerengu Coast. After being meticulously picked and sorted by hand, grapes were fermented in lots by region. The wine was then aged for 11 months in oak barrels. According to winemaker Simon Waghorn, the aim was to produce a svelte, plush Pinot with good length, built around naturally vibrant fruit.
Bright garnet in colour, the nose shows ripe cherry, brambly fruits, and a hint of smoke. The palate is nicely-rounded with flavours of plum, red berries, and cherry. Oak is well-integrated, with silky, linear tannins.
“Elegant and plush, with fresh cherry flavors that are supple and smooth, accented by hints of cream soda and red licorice. Offers bright acidity and lingering clove nuances. Drink now through 2026. 4,000 cases.”
92 points, Wine Spectator, Sept 2016
“This has plenty of interest and textural detail with an attractive grain to the tannin texture. Plenty of baking spices and a hint of pepper on the nose. It’s really succulent. Drink now.”
92 points, JamesSuckling.com, March 2017