Astrolabe Pinot Gris is packed with Autumn fruits – baked pears especially with a hint of nougat. As with all Astrolabe wines, there is a touch of class here.
Winemaker notes (2019 Vintage)
"Aromas of citrus peel, poached pear and peach with light spice. This is a pure, crisp and dry wine with a fine minerality and delicacy of structure. Pear, quince and peach flavours dominate.
For my Marlborough Pinot Gris, I blend from sites across a wide range of the Marlborough winegrowing region. My blend centres on north and south bank Awatere, with fruit from the Wairau Valley and Kekerengu Coast complementing the intensely aromatic Awatere core. When crafting my blend, I pay close attention to the fill-in and layering of the different flavour spectrums and aromas.
I try to capture the sense of lovely poached pears, light stone fruit and bright red apple and follow through with a dry, mineral finish. Most of the grapes are hand-picked and delicately whole cluster pressed to add fine texture, weight and minerality. We machine harvest the balance of fruit at night to retain as much fruit freshness as possible. I use the most delicate press cycle to avoid the extraction of harsh phenolics and to retain fruit purity. The hand-picked portion is fermented on solids to add a delicate texture and enhance the spicy notes on the nose. The palate weight comes exclusively from the high solids ferment and fruit concentration."
17.5/20 Joelle Thomson, October 2020 (2019 Vintage)
"Simon Waghorn is a dab hand at making aromatic dry whites, such as this Pinot Gris made from grapes grown on the vineyards of the van Asch, Hammond, Lissaman and Wilson families. It’s a blend of grapes from three sub-regions in Marlborough: the Awatere Valley (73%), Waihopai Valley (17%) and Kekerengu (10%). Extensive fruit thinning enhances concentration in this super tasty dry white, which contains 3.2 grams of residual sugar and was cool fermented to retain its fresh, fruity aromatic flavours and long finish."
Reviews for previous vintages below…
93/100 Cameron Douglas MS, June 2020 (2018 Vintage)
"An enticing bouquet with ripe, fleshy and fruity aromas of Gris – brown pears and red apples then a soft white spice, a quite stony mineral scent and youthful exuberant freshness. On the palate – dry with just a whisper of sweetness then flavours of white fleshed tree fruits, a moment or two of citrus then white flowers, mineral and a core of fruit adding length, weight and finish. Balanced and well made, best drinking from today and through 2022."
4 Stars Michael Cooper (2018 Vintage)
"The 2018 vintage was grown mostly (74 per cent) in the Awatere Valley, but also in the Wairau Valley and at Kekerengu. Mostly hand-picked, it is fragrant and fresh, with strong pear-like flavours, hints of peaches and spices, and a dry (3 grams/litre of residual sugar) finish."
92/100 Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review, October 2018 (2017 Vintage)
“Ripe and reasonably weighty pinot gris, with classic fresh pear and honeysuckle flavours plus a dash of lime and citrus. A fresh and lively wine with subliminal sweetness and a refreshingly dry finish. A smooth-textured and appealing wine. Drink 2018 – 2022."