LCBO Vintages Release
Winemaker and Astrolabe founder Simon Waghorn sources fruit for province, valley, vineyard, and block-specific wines. He is a master at drawing out the identity of each. Astrolabe wines always speak of place. The Wairau Valley, the largest and warmest of the three sub-regions within New Zealand’s world-famous Marlborough province, takes its name from the 170 km-long Wairau River, which influences not only the climate here but also the diversity of soil types. (The Wairau is chiefly tight clay, stony glacial alluvium, and well-drained sandy loam.)
2014 was a warm vintage in Marlborough, with temperatures through the growing season well above average. Occasional rain and gentle winds leading up to harvest ensured plenty of groundwater and healthy vine canopies.
This is a wild-fermented Pinot, manually punched down, then transferred to French oak barrels for ageing. Bright crimson in colour, with a nose of cherries, brambly berries, and savoury earthy loam. The palate is full and soft, with ripe cherry, gentle acidity, generous weight, and firm structure from oak tannins. Rich, balanced and long.