2020 Astrolabe Taihoa Sauvignon Blanc

95 Points Bob Campbell MW
In stock
This wine was formerly rated as the top Sauvignon in Bob Campbell's Gourmet Traveller Tasting. The textural use of old oak puts this alongside Cloudy Bay's Te Koko — at a more realistic price. Kekerengu's limestone coast gives minerality with herbal citrus, while the complexity destines it for some serious seafood or white meat dinner. A lot of wine for the price!
$33.99 in mixed 6+ or $37.99 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

95/100 Bob Campbell MW

"Flagship sauvignon blanc from the Taihoa vineyard in the Kekerengu subregion of Marlborough. Weighty, textural wine with a mix of tree fruits, orange blossom, struck-flint and rockmelon flavours. A complex wine with a pleasing savoury edge. 27 OCT 2021." Drink 2021–2026

92/100 Vinous, Rebecca Gibb MW

"The 2020 Sauvignon Blanc Taihoa is a rich, smoky Sauvignon Blanc sourced from the cool, windy Kekerengu coast of Marlborough. Wild fermentation in old oak barrels using only the cuvée juice, followed up with lees stirring means that you find delicate yet layered textures through the wine. There are cool-climate green notes as well as black currant, citrus, flint and underlying lees-derived characters. The lively, clean finish is lengthy and intriguing." Drink 2022 - 2029

96/100 Decanter, Cameron Douglas MS (2019 vintage)

"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!"

Variety Sauvignon Blanc
Region Marlborough
Closure Cap
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 13.50%
Maturity 2021 - 2029

This Wine Goes Well With

with LAMB
with PORK



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