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 allow the powerful fruit flavours to dominate.
This is a stunning example of the modern Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc style. It is impressively balanced with a ripe bouquet of elderflower, gooseberry, and passionfruit. The palate is broad and lush; those elderflower and gooseberry notes are perfectly matched by an almost Loire-like flinty acidity.
“Pronounced gooseberry, green apple, passion fruit, lemon curd, grapefruit and white pepper nose. The palate is dry, elegant and juicy with mouthwatering acidity, a saline mineral core and a lovely lemon curd character on the finish. Pretty good show, all up.”
95 points + GOLD, Decanter World Wine Awards, 2018
“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, March 2017
The 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 vintages have earned 90+ point scores from Wine Spectator.