This pinot noir is a lighter-bodied style with soft tannins and bright fruit. Juicy red fruit and a hint of spice make this a perfect wine for food.
The fruit was either hand-harvested or machine harvested, then destemmed into open vats for cold soak followed by a warm wild ferment. Traditional hand-plunging was used to manage the cap, and the wine underwent malolactic fermentation while ageing in French oak barrels.
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.