Based in iconic Marlborough at the top of the country’s South Island, Astrolabe was founded in 1996 by career winemaker Simon Waghorn. Simon has been honing his craft over four decades and has established a benchmark style 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.
All grapes are sourced from ten families who live on their land and farm sustainably in Marlborough. The fruit is largely hand-picked, then de-stemmed into fermentation. A warm fermentation over 5 day uses a combination wild and selected yeast with frequent punch downs of the ‘cap’, followed by a gentle pressing. The use of some new French oak barrels has added subtle nuances of spice and smoke.
This early drinking style of Pinot Noir offers fantastic value with its generous, bright fruit and supple tannins. Ruby-hued in colour, it is mouth filling and soft, with cherry, plum and spice flavours, some savoury notes adding complexity. Aromas of light red cherry, red plum and raspberry, some violet and soft stony mineral character. Lighter weighted on the palate with a mix of ripe and crunchy red fruit flavours. It has a silky texture and long finish.
A good pairing for Pan Fried Duck with Crispy Pancetta, Griddled Lamb Chops with Spring Vegetables or as a vegan option we had it with a beautiful Aubergine and Pomegranate Salad, see the recipe below.
Slow Cooker Aubergine Salad Recipe – olivemagazine