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Astrolabe Wairau Valley Pinot Noir 2016
On the nose are red cherries and ripe brambly fruits, with a light savoury and earthy background. On the palate it is soft, full and fruity, with ripe cherry and crushed berry flavours. There is a hint of defining oak tannin structure, gentle acidity and generously weighted. It is already drinking well but careful cellaring over several years will reward you with a development of bottle age complexity.
First generation winemaker Simon Waghorn has been honing his craft for over 36 years and has established a benchmark style of sauvignon blanc that reflects an unparalleled diversity of vineyard sources.
Together with his wife, Jane, they founded Astrolabe in Marlborough in 1996. Simon chose the name Astrolabe because of historic ties with Marlborough and connotations of exploration and discovery. Family owned and operated, all grapes are sourced from ten families who live on their land and farm sustainably and each site was chosen for the distinctive flavour it produces.