Simon Waghorn, winemaker notes (2015 Vintage)
"The Astrolabe Province Marlborough Pinot Noir is made from grapes grown in the lower Waihopai and Wairau Valleys, the upper Brancott Valley and the Kekerengu Coast. The grapes were handpicked and aged for 11 months in oak barrels. In the winery, we take great care to handle the fruit in a way which allows the flavours and aromas of the region to come through. I seek to maintain svelte plushness and good length in my Pinot Noir, built around a natural vibrancy of fruit.
Aromas of savoury ripe dark and red cherry, brambly fruits with a hint of smoky oak. A full bodied wine with round, mouth filling flavours of plum, brambly fruit and dark cherry. The oak integrates nicely with the fruit, and combines well with the silky and linear tannin structure."
4 ½ Stars Michael Cooper (2015 Vintage)
"The classy 2015 vintage was grown at five sites, from the lower Waihopai Valley to Kekerengu, hand-picked, fermented with indigenous yeasts and matured for 10 months in French oak barriques. Deeply coloured, it is mouthfilling and concentrated, with youthful, deep plum, cherry, spice and dried-herb flavours, finely balanced tannins, and good cellaring potential. Best drinking 2019+."
91/100 James Suckling (2015 Vintage)
"Quite a bold, rich and concentrated style of Marlborough pinot that has a rich, darker, cherry-focused nose. The palate is full of flavor and nicely formed tannins that are smooth and fleshy."