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 hand-picked and sorted, the de-stemmed grapes were cold soaked for five days then fermented with wild yeasts in small, open-top vats. The wine was then aged for 10 months in French oak barriques. 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 dark cherry. The oak is well-integrated with the fruit, and combines well with the silky, linear tannic structure.
“Impressive for the linear, focused beam of cherry, cranberry and Earl Grey tea notes, with white pepper and dried rose petal accents. The sleek body and spicy, lingering finish make this memorable. Drink now through 2028. 1,500 cases made.”
92 points, Wine Spectator, , June 2018
“Quite a bold, rich and concentrated style of Marlborough pinot that has a rich, darker, cherry-focused nose. The palate is full of flavor and nicely formed tannins that are smooth and fleshy. Drink now.”
91 points, JamesSuckling.com, March 2017