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Astrolabe (375ml), 2014, PROVINCE Sauvignon BlancWhite, New World, Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand
We bought this wine because it is most reminiscent of Cloudy Bay in its early days; an incredibly rich and intense wine, too much so for many people. But we relished our allocation of 6 bottles each year in the late '80s and early '90s.
Astrolabe is a privately owned wine maker that buys in its grapes from independent growers in Marlborough. This is the classic négociant model of France but is more rare in the New World where most winemakers also grow their own grapes.
In the province of Marlborough, high sunshine hours are moderated by a mild sea while steep mountains keep moist and chilly winds at bay. A long cool growing season leads to gorgeous flavours.
Simon Waghorn, the winemaker and part owner says that his goal is to make the Province range of wines in a classic Marlborough vein, emphasising the varietal intensity created by leafy vineyards, ripe fruit and cool-climate growing.
- Colour/Appearance Pale straw with green highlights
- Aroma/Bouquet Lemon grass, lime peel and elderflower, with background notes of white currant and red pepper
- Palate Medium-bodied with currant, gooseberry and citrus flavours, and a dry mineral finish