Simon Waghorn, Winemaker notes (2016 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."
93/100 Cameron Douglas MS, August 2019 (2016 Vintage)
"An alluring bouquet of Pinot Noir with aromas and flavours of ripe fruit, oak and bottle integration. Roses and plums, red cherry and vanilla, smoky oak and roasted nut. Dry, still firm with tension from the tannins and poise from the acidity. Flavours of red berry fruits and flowers continue leading to a lengthy, balanced finish. Decant for service as this wine is still developing. Serve with food. Best from late 2020 through 2026."
Reviews for the 2015 vintage below…
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+."