Astrolabe Pinot Noir is another consistently excellent wine from this small, top Marlborough producer. It has such an Inviting, ripe plum, berry fruit nose with added complexity of toasty oak. The palate has a terrific texture with mouth-filling plum, cherry and dark berry fruit. This full-bodied Pinot is well-structured with silky tannins and a very long, elegant finish. A complex, savoury Pinot Noir with mineral hints and beautifully integrated oak.
Made by one of New Zealand’s most talented winemakers, Simon Waghorn. His team is several small growers who have been working with him for many years. This wine is made from grapes grown vineyards in the Upper Brancott, Kekerengu Coast and Wairau Valleys areas of Marlborough. The grapes are hand-picked and then hand-selected, vinified with wild yeasts and aged in French oak barriques for 10 months. The result is a delicious Pinot Noir, approaching a fuller Burgundian style.
Just a few bottles left of the excellent 2013 vintage, both of which will be drinking to 2018 at least, before we move on to another excellent vintage of 2014.
Brilliant value from us: Normally retails between £19.99 and £21.99 in a few Independent Wine Merchants in UK.
“A very accessible wine with a pretty floral nose and red berry compote, cinnamon and ginger spices on the palate. Clean, pure and integrated oak.” 2014 vintage: Decanter Recommended: September 2016