Astrolabe Sauvignon Blanc 2020
Marlborough, New Zealand
I love a Sauvy B for a cocktail wine! The style is crisp, refreshing, and to the point — perfect at right around 5pm.
Astrolabe came across by radar recently and I'm so excited to share it with you!
Named after an ancient astronomical device used to measure celestial bodies for the purposes of navigation, this family-owned winery has been called “New Zealand’s leading Sauvignon Blanc maker” by Bob Campbell, MW. It was ranked in the Top 5 of Decanter Magazine’s recent Top 20 for ’20 New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc feature, not to mention they dropped a mean 94 points on it. That’s a lot of hype on a wine in such an approachable price point. It’s awesome to see a producer stand out like this in a category that can be a bit one-dimensional IMHO.
The 2019-2020 season brought slightly above average temperatures but was still cooler than the three scorching years prior. It was very dry with only 1.7 inches of rainfall from December to harvest in April. Thankfully, there was groundwater and a bit of drip irrigation applied to keep the vines happy and healthy in the stony, silt-loam soils.
Four of the area’s top sub-regions are home to these vines: Awatere Valley (56%), Southern Valleys (12%), Wairau Valley (15%), and Kekerengu Coast (17%)
The grapes were machine harvested in cool evening conditions, de-stemmed, and pressed gently for minimal skin contact. Clear, cold-settled juice was fermented in stainless steel vats at low temperatures, using neutral wine yeast strains to maintain the exceptional fruit flavors.
On the nose, the wine is expansive with aromas of fresh herbs and white peach. The palate is full of classic grapefruit, lemongrass, peach tea, and citrus. Very nice indeed!
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