Winery notes (2017 Vintage)
"And now for something different. Wines in this range demonstrate (winemaker) Simon's innovative treatment of specific parcels of fruit and his willingness to challenge the 'everyday' winemaking process. Simon loves to experiment while capturing the raw, ethereal and sometimes undiscovered qualities of individual grape varieties.
The vines at Astrolabe Farm are some of our oldest. The riesling is grown closest to our house beside a grove of fruit trees including, citrus, stonefruit, cider apples and a fig. Free-run juice from hand-picked and machine-harvested grapes was fermented with light solids to produce an aromatic, medium style wine with attractive citrus and floral flavours.
Aromas of fresh apples, lime juice and lemon zest, with aromatic citrus flower in the background. The palate is zingy, fresh ripe lime and lemon flavours, crisp apples, and a long and clean zesty finish. A naturally sweeter style."
4 ½ Stars Michael Cooper (2017 Vintage)
"The 2017 vintage was grown at Grovetown, in the lower Wairau Valley, and made in a medium style (42 grams/litre of residual sugar). Light and lively, it has intense, citrusy flavours, a slightly minerally streak, and excellent richness, vigour and harmony. Already delicious, it's a drink-now or cellaring proposition."