2016 Astrolabe Marlborough Chardonnay

2016 Astrolabe Marlborough Chardonnay

93 Points Richard Caro
2016 Astrolabe Marlborough Chardonnay
93 Points Richard Caro

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Chardonnay is stealing the limelight in Marlborough. Simon Waghorn from Astrolabe cut his teeth making Chardonnay in Gisborne, and this organically-grown Marlborough wine puts his knowledge on display. Weighty and full but with vibrant aromatics, defined fruit and minerally freshness: this is why Marlborough Chard is underpriced. But Astrolabe have known that for years. Try it.

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$25.99 in mixed 6+ or $28.99 per bottle




Its Origins

Astrolabe was created in 1996 by winemaker Simon Waghorn, the culmination of a career that began in South Australia in 1982. Winemaking later led Simon and his family from Te Kauwhata to Gisborne, where he specialised in Chardonnay, and eventually to Marlborough where in 1996 he and his wife Jane Forrest-Waghorn joined with old friends Paul Davenport and Sally Lewis to have a go at their own label…and so began Astrolabe. Today they work with a number of growers scattered all over Marlborough, from Awatere valley to the Kekerengu coast to the Wairau Valley, developing a wide portfolio of iconic wines that celebrate the varieties and terroirs of Marlborough.

What The Critics Say

93/100 Cameron Douglas Master Sommelier

“Pure, varietal, fresh and lifted chardonnay bouquet with aromas and flavours of sweet, ripe white peach, lemon and lemon peel, raw cashew and toasty wood spices. Youthful with bright acidity, light creamy texture with flavours of vanilla and new wood. Overall balanced and well made. Best drinking from early 2018 through 2024.”

90/100 Bob Campbell MW (2015 vintage)

"Creamy chardonnay with white peach, grapefruit, roasted nut and subtle bran biscuit flavours. Subtle rather than intense flavours. A rather restrained style with an appealing texture and moderate length 13/12/2017.

4 Stars Michael Cooper (2015 vintage)

"The 2015 vintage (4*) was hand-picked at two sites (Astrolabe Farm Vineyard, in the lower Wairau Valley, and Wrekin Vineyard, in the Southern Valleys), and fermented and matured for 10 months in French oak barriques and puncheons. Bright, light lemon/green, it is mouthfilling and vibrant, with strong grapefruit and peach flavours, slightly buttery and toasty notes, and good complexity. Drink now or cellar."

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This Wine Goes Well With

with LAMB
with PORK



Delivery & Returns

We deliver throughout New Zealand and to some locations overseas. Our deliveries are made by trusted third party carriers. For further details on prices and delivery options please go to DELIVERY INFORMATION section of our site.

If for any reason you are not entirely happy with your order or you suspect that they may be affected by a quality issue, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will remedy the problem straight away. Contact us on 0800 422 767.


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