Winery notes (2018 Vintage)
"The Astrolabe Wrekin Vineyard Chenin Blanc is made from grapes grown on a loess clay slope. We hand pick the grapes to give a delicacy to the pheniolics. The chenin blanc is partially barrel fermented with wild yeast for complexity and with the remainder in stainless steel to preserve the fruit flavours. All fruit is free-run to retain purity. We love the Chenin grape because of its distinct flavour profile, the ability of the wine to age with interest and grace and the crisp acidity.
On the nose apples and honeysuckle, with lemon-honey and a little vanilla from the oak. The palate is medium bodied with a focus on minerally length and flavours of crisp apple, lemon and peach."
94/100 Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review, August 2020 (2018 Vintage)
"Fermented by indigenous yeasts in oak puncheons. Dry, crisply refreshing chenin blanc with green apple, lime, citrus, saline and oyster-shell flavours supported by attractive, lively acidity. Good now but should age well."
Joelle Thomson, March 2020 (2018 Vintage)
"Wrekin Vineyard is a gently sloping, north facing, organically certified slice of wine real estate in Marlborough’s southern valleys. It’s named after an historic English hill and it’s home to the Chenin Blanc grapes that go into this crisp, refreshing, dry, zesty white. It has less than 2 grams per litre of residual sugar (making it bone dry) and it’s medium to full bodied, thanks to being made from hand harvested, whole cluster pressed grapes, which were fermented on lees, with about 30-40 per cent of the barrel ferment in old barrels. Winemaker Simon Waghorn is still on the fence about the use of barrels in Chenin Blanc since he loves the tight focussed purity of fruit that characterises the Chenin grape, but what can I say? I am a long term fan of this wine for good reason – it’s a stunner, thanks to its fresh vibrancy, barrel or not."
Reviews for the 2017 vintage below…
5 Stars Michael Cooper (2017 Vintage)
"Offering great value, the 2017 vintage was hand-picked in the Southern Valleys and partly fermented with indigenous yeasts in old oak barrels. A fully dry style (1.9 grams/litre of residual sugar), it is pale lemon/green, with a scented bouquet. Mouthfilling and vibrantly fruity, with a real sense of youthful drive and vigour, it has strong, lemony, slightly appley flavours, a minerally streak, a subtle seasoning of oak and a tightly structured, lingering finish. Best drinking 2020+."
90/100 Cameron Douglas MS, August 2019 (2017 Vintage)
"Fruity and varietal expression of Chenin Blanc with aromas of fresh crunchy red apple, quince and citrus. a light sweet herb note and wet stone mineral suggestions. Dry, crisp and refreshing on the palate with salivating acidity and flavours that reflect the nose. Balanced lengthy finish, varietal and floral too with a touch of honey suckle. Drink now and through 2026."