Astrolabe’s savie success
Astrolabe has reinforced their reputation as one of Marlborough’s top sauvignon blanc producers with the release of four wines from the 2017 and 2018 vintages.The 2017 Astrolabe Kekerengu Coast Sauvignon Blanc is an elegant departure from the classic Marlborough sauvignon style.
Astrolabe’s 2018 Awatere Valley Sauvignon Blanc is an old favourite of mine. This year’s offering showed typical Awatere Valley character with grassy, green capsicum and tomato leaf flavours but lacked its usual concentration. (NZD $25)
I preferred the regular 2018 Astrolabe Sauvignon Blanc, which is made from a mix of Awatere and Wairau Valley grapes. It’s punchy gooseberry, nettle, capsicum, melon and passionfruit flavours define Marlborough sauvignon. (NZD $23)
The 2017 Astrolabe Kekerengu Coast Sauvignon Blanc is an elegant departure from the classic Marlborough sauvignon style with its oyster shell mineral influence emphasising the wine’s taut and vibrant purity. Powerful and sophisticated wine. (NZD $25)
Astrolabe’s flagship sauvignon blanc, the 2017 Astrolabe Taihoa vineyard, is also produced from grapes grown in the limestone-laced soils of the Kekerengu district about half-way between Blenheim and Kaikoura. Barrel-fermented and oak-matured with plenty of lees contact, it offers greater richness and complexity than the fruit-driven alternatives. (NZD $32)