Astrolabe Kekerengu Coast Sauvignon Blanc 2021
Down by the mild ocean, spring breaks early, and the vines leaf out before the rest of Marlborough. Cool winds from the sea prolong the growing season, and the grapes are the last harvested in the province. The limestone in the soil, and the long growing season, gives a unique savoury structure to the Sauvignon Blanc and beautiful aromatic qualities in all varieties.
The Valleys range are wines that provide focus and clarity on Marlborough's fast-emerging sub-regions. Certainly regional and sometimes vineyard-specific, these wines highlight the attributes of individual sites and districts and their ensuing characteristics in the finished wines.
The Astrolabe Valleys Kekerengu Coast Sauvignon Blanc is made from grapes grown at two vineyards in the Kekerengu Coast sub-region on Marlborough’s Southern Coast. We machine-harvest the grapes at night or in the cool parts of the day to preserve the purity and intensity of flavours. Neutral wine yeast strains allow the powerful fruit flavours to dominate. A portion of hand-picked, high solids and wild barrel ferment wine was blended in to add subtle texture and
complexity. I like to bring through the sense of the nearby sea in my Kekerengu Coast Sauvignon Blanc with a bone-dry, almost salty finish to the wine. Simon Waghorn, Winemaker.
Colour/Appearance - Pale gold with green highlights
Aroma/Bouquet - Lime rind and pink grapefruit, ripe gooseberries, lemongrass and lemon balm
Palate - Full bodied, round, concentrated wine with some green tropical fruit and peach, and a crisp dry finish
Cellaring - We suggest allowing a year or more bottle age, but will develop gracefully for many years
Suggested Foods - Raw oysters, shellfish, lobster and crab, rocket salads, sashimi and ceviche
Serve - Chilled