LCBO Vintages Essential
In New Zealand’s largest wine-producing region, surrounded by a sea of Sauvignon Blanc 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 wine is made solely from Sauvignon Blanc and comes from growers in Marlborough’s Awatere, Waihopai, Wairau and Brancott Valleys. The fruit was lightly pressed with minimal skin contact. The clear, cold-settled juice was fermented in stainless steel vats at low temperature using a neutral wine yeast strain to allow the powerful fruit flavours to dominate.
This is a stunning example of the traditional New Zealand Sauvignon style. This impressively balanced wine possesses a ripe bouquet of elderflower, gooseberry and passionfruit. The palate is broad and lush with elderflower and gooseberry perfectly balanced by an almost Loire like flinty acidity. A natural match for many seafoods, salads and lighter chicken dishes.
“Complex, with succulent peach, pear and melon flavors that mingle effortlessly with honeysuckle, spice and matcha green tea notes. Powerful and juicy. Drink now.”
92 points, Wine Spectator, June 2017
The 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 vintages have earned 90+ point scores from Wine Spectator!