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Astrolabe Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2022
Pale straw color with green highlights. Powerful gooseberry, white currant, red capsicum, passionfruit and lime peel aromas. Medium-bodied, with strong flavors of makrut lime, passionfruit, lemongrass and a refreshingly smooth, dry and persistent finish.
Nose: Powerful, expressive, fresh, inviting, herbaceous
Palate: Medium-bodied, well-balanced, refreshing, smooth, dry, lingering
Finish: Long, lingering, dry, refreshing, minerally
94-Points Wine Spectator
This stunning version is fresh and vibrant yet also complex and full of flavor, from toasted green tea and lemon thyme to mouthwatering passion fruit, yuzu and mango. Ends with hints of white pepper, lemon blossoms and sea salt on the long, expressive finish.
90-Points James Suckling
Aromas of fresh peaches, sliced mangoes and jasmine. Medium-bodied with silky texture. Bright and succulent with fresh tropical and stone fruit at the core. Subtle spice at the finish.
Seafood: The bright acidity and herbaceous notes of the wine pair well with a variety of seafood dishes, such as grilled salmon, seared scallops, or a seafood pasta.
Salads: The refreshing acidity of the wine also pairs well with salads, especially those that feature citrus fruits, such as arugula with grapefruit or a caprese salad.
Light cheeses: The wine's fruity flavors pair well with light cheeses, such as goat cheese, feta, or brie.
Herb-crusted chicken: The herbaceous notes of the wine also pair well with herb-crusted chicken or other dishes that feature fresh herbs.
Spicy Chinese food, or some really great sushi would work wonderfully with this wine, too.
An astrolabe is an ancient astronomical instrument that was used to make a diverse range of calculations. Its name translates as ‘star-taker’. A mariner’s astrolabe, modified for use upon a ship, was used by early navigators to determine latitude by measuring the altitude of a celestial object. French explorer Dumont d’Urville charted the Marlborough coast in 1827 aboard a ship named L’Astrolabe. When career winemaker Simon Waghorn wanted to start his own label in 1996, he chose the name Astrolabe because of the historic ties with Marlborough, and he liked the connotations of exploration and discovery.
Simon Waghorn has been honing his craft over four decades and has established a benchmark style of sauvignon blanc that reflects an unparalleled diversity of vineyard sources. Careful site selection, expert picking decisions, delicate fruit handling and astute blending are the hallmarks of his Marlborough wines. Simon’s personal style defines an Astrolabe wine — focused, balanced and elegant. Simon crafts a range of beautiful wines that express the purity and intensity of fruit flavours afforded by the climate and soils of the Marlborough region.
Our family has grown up in the wine industry. Our daughters were born in three different winegrowing regions as Simon made wine in the Barossa Valley, Waikato and Gisborne. Having grown up alongside Astrolabe, my daughters Libby and Arabella have returned to Marlborough, and today two generations work together. We live in a 100-year-old house on our Farm Vineyard and practice living on the land gently.
Being family owned and operated colours everything we do and gives us the freedom to produce wines of uncompromising quality with a dedication to our house style.”
- Jane Forrest-Waghorn
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