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Astrolabe Sauvignon Blanc
South Island :: New Zealand
Astrolabe was created in 1996. Its objective is to capture the essence of Marlborough in wines of purity, focus and elegance.
Simon Waghorn, the winemaker and founder, is fascinated by the distinctive qualities of the Awatere Valley, Wairau Valley and Kekerengu Coast sub-regions of Marlborough, whether bottled alone or when blended.
The name Astrolabe was chosen because of the historic ties with Marlborough.
Simon liked the connotations of exploration and discovery. As well as being a navigational instrument, L’Astrolabe was the name of the ship of French explorer Dumont d’Urville who explored the Marlborough coast in 1827.
In the province of Marlborough, high sunshine hours are moderated by a mild sea, while steep mountains keep moist and chilly winds at bay. A long cool growing season leads to gorgeous flavours.
Pale straw with green highlights.
Lemon grass, lime peel and elderflower, with background notes of white currant and red pepper.
Medium-bodied with white peach, gooseberry and citrus flavours, and a dry mineral finish.
Summer salads, poultry and all seafood. Serve chilled.
Best enjoyed when young and fresh, but has the potential to age gracefully.