2019 Astrolabe Taihoa Sauvignon Blanc

96 Points Decanter
In stock
This wine was formerly rated top Sauvignon in Bob Campbell's Gourmet Traveller Tasting (2015 vintage, 96/100 points) . The textural use of old oak means this label is Astrolabe’s answer to Cloudy Bay Te Koko — at a realistic price. The limestone-rich Kekerengu coast gives minerality with classic citrus and green-herbs, while the complexity makes this a wine that is destined to pair with some serious dinner of seafood or white meats. a lot of wine for this price!
$32.99 in mixed 6+ or $36.99 per bottle


Sauvignon 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

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

Variety Sauvignon Blanc
Region Marlborough
Closure Cap
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 13.00%
Maturity 2020 - 2027

This Wine Goes Well With

with LAMB
with PORK



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