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
4 Stars Michael Cooper (2014 vintage)
"Grown at Grovetown, in the Wairau Valley, the 2018 vintage (4*) is a single-vineyard wine, partly hand-picked. A fresh, medium-bodied wine, it has citrusy, slightly appley flavours, showing very good vigour and depth, and a slightly off-dry (5.3 grams/litre of residual sugar), crisp finish. Still unfolding, it's well worth cellaring to 2021+."
Winemaker notes on current vintage
"And now for something different. Wines in this range demonstrate Simon's innovative treatment of specific parcels of fruit and his willingness to challenge the 'everyday' winemaking process. Simon loves to experiment while capturing the raw, ethereal and sometimes undiscovered qualities of individual grape varieties. -- The vines at Astrolabe Farm are some of our oldest. The riesling is grown closest to our house beside a grove of fruit trees including, citrus, stonefruit, cider apples and a fig. Free-run juice from hand-picked and machine-harvested grapes was fermented with light solids to produce an aromatic, dry wine with attractive citrus and floral flavours."
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