2018 Astrolabe Wrekin Late Harvest Chenin Blanc 375ml

95 Points Bob Campbell MW
In stock
A seriously good sticky from Marlborough. Chenin Blanc makes a wonderful dessert wine, but this superb style is all too rare in New Zealand. Astrolabe's is a "Late Harvest", i.e. not too syrupy sweet and instead deliciously "edgy". Perfect for fruit desserts and cheeses, this sweety is a delight.
$26.99 in mixed 6+ or $29.99 per bottle


Chenin Blanc

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

95/100 Bob Campbell MW

"Moderately sweet chenin blanc with honey, apple, pear and tangy citrus flavours. Beautifully balanced to give an initial hint of sweetness and a lovely mouth-watering finish. A slightly edgy sticky. 19/10/2018." Drink 2018 - 2024

Yvonne Lorkin (2013 vintage)

"Chenin blanc is rare here, there's precious little about even in a good year, so for Simon Waghorn and his team to have a crack at making a late-harvest style was pretty risky - but it paid off. With sweet, smoky guava, a squeak of apple pie and soft, honeyed notes on the palate, it's rich, generous, laid-back and darn lovely served with a large chunk of aged gouda."

Variety Late Harvest / Botrytis
Region Marlborough
Closure Cap
Volume 375ml
Alcohol 11.50%
Maturity 2016 -2020

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