Astrolabe Wines: best known for stylish sauvignon blanc including subregional styles from the Awatere Valley and Kekerengu. Muddy Water: best known for sleek pinot noir, vibrant chardonnay and a surprisingly good pinotage. Valli: best known for high-quality subregional Central Otago pinot noir. Palliser Estate: best known for consistently delicious Martinborough sauvignon blanc and single-vineyard chardonnay and pinot noir.
Astrolabe Wrekin Vineyard Chardonnay 2019, Marlborough, NZD $45
Astrolabe Wrekin Pinot Noir 2019, Marlborough, NZD $65
Astrolabe has just released a strong sauvignon lineup from two terrific sauvignon vintages.
Astrolabe Wrekin Vineyard Chenin Blanc 2018, Marlborough, NZD $30
Durvillea by Astrolabe Chardonnay 2019, Marlborough, NZD $20
Tarras Vineyards: best known for the 2016 The Canyon Pinot Noir from a tiny vineyard high up on the terraces of a Bendigo sheep station. Astrolabe Wines: best known for sauvignon blanc in regional, subregional and single-vineyard styles. Cloudy Bay: best known for creating a sauvignon blanc that put New Zealand on the world wine map in the eighties. Hans Herzog Estate: best known for small volume, hand-crafted wines from 26 different grape varieties grown on an 11.5 ha vineyard.
Marlborough wine producer Astrolabe has built such a strong reputation for its stylish range of sauvignon blanc labels that it’s easy to overlook their equally stylish single vineyard and blended examples of pinot noir.
Durvillea Rosé 2019, Marlborough, NZD $15
Sauvignon supremo Simon Waghorn has just released a quartet of wines that demonstrate they’re at the top of their game.