Winemaker Simon Waghorn has this to say about Durvillea: “All along Marlborough’s coast, clinging to rocks at low tide is the seaweed Durvillea. We know it as bull kelp or rimurapa. As a young man at university I studied seaweed. Named for the captain of the Astrolabe, Durvillea seaweed is my quintessential emblem of our wild coast. The Durvillea grapes are grown in the Waihopai, Wairau and Awatere Valleys of Marlborough. The grapes are harvested at precisely the right moment and I preserve the purity and intensity of flavour in my winemaking. Durvillea is Astrolabe’s little sister label. This provides us with the opportunity to offer another range of classic Marlborough wines from our Astrolabe vineyards.”
What The Critics Say
Blue-Gold Medal, Sydney International Wine Competition
"Light straw green colour. Interesting delicate nose with tropical aromas complexed with some herbal hints. Attractive primary fruit on the palate which retains finesse and length. This slightly more delicate style was an excellent pairing with food." Dr. Ken Dobbler, Judge
90/100 Bob Campbell (2015 vintage)
"Bright, fresh and moderately flavoursome Pinot Gris with canned pineapple, pear and subtle nut and spice flavours. Sweetness is perfectly balanced with acidity to produce a wine with purity and without any suggestion of cloying. Good value at this price. 3/9/2015."
Best Budget Wines- Viva Herald (2015 vintage)
"From the second label of Astrolabe, this ticks all the boxes for a really appealing pinot gris and with its dry, fresh profile of pear fruit and tangy citrus it has more character than many a more expensive example. "
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