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 Bob Campbell MW
"Teasingly aromatic chardonnay that combines ripe citrus, white peach and citrus flavours with spicy oak, toasted nut and ginger characters. A moderately weighty wine with a creamy texture. 10 JUL 2020." Drink 2020 - 2025
92/100 Cameron Douglas MS
"The bouquet and palate of this Chardonnay showcase fine winemaking, really good fruit and Marlborough. Aromas and flavours of lemon and apple, grapefruit and new oak, a crumbled soil mineral layer and super fine wood tannins. The acidity is plentiful helping to push the messages of youth, fruit purity and freshness. Medium+ weight, satin texture, balanced, well made and ready. Best drinking upon purchase and through 2024. I also tasted this wine 24 hours earlier and the wine today is as compact and fine now as it was then.” Drink 2020 - 2024
4 Stars Michael Cooper
"The 2018 vintage was hand-picked at two sites, in the lower Wairau Valley and the Southern Valleys, and fermented and matured for 10 months in French oak barriques and puncheons. Fragrant and mouthfilling, it has excellent depth of ripe, peachy, slightly toasty flavours, showing good complexity, gentle acidity and a creamy-smooth finish. It’s already drinking well.”
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