2019 Astrolabe Taihoa Sauvignon Blanc
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
96/100 Decanter, Cameron Douglas MS
"Ripe, pure, complex and developing, with a core of tropical and orchard fruits, a fine toasty leesy layer and enticing minerality. Lovely mealy, fine-textured mouthfeel, enhancing flavours of peach, apple and tropical fruits then herbs and leesy autolysis. Well made with a very lengthy finish. Delicious!" Drink 2021 - 2025
95/100 Bob Campbell MW
"Flagship sauvignon fermented in old puncheons using endemic yeasts. The result is a serious sauvignon with impressive complexity and underlying power. Fruitiness takes a back seat to savoury, nutty yeast lees and subtle toasty nuances. Peppery phenolics give the wine a distinctive backbone. 02 DEC 2020." Drink 2020 - 2027
93/100 vinous, Rebecca Gibb MW
"Sitting on the Kekerengu Coast, this heavily maritime-influenced site offers a crisp, briny style. Whole-bunch-pressed and wild-fermented in old oak barrels, the thiol-driven, tropical aromas are dialed down, giving a piquant, black-currant-edged and citrus-driven style. Light in body but provides strength through its core, and finishes taut and muscular." Drink 2020 - 2025
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