Astrolabe Marlborough Chardonnay 2018

Astrolabe Marlborough Chardonnay 2018

  • Chardonnay
  • New Zealand, 750ml

“The bouquet and palate of this Chardonnay showcase fine winemaking, really good fruit and Marlborough. Aromas and flavours of lemon and apple, grapefruit and new oak, a crumbled soil mineral layer and super fine wood tannins. The acidity is plentiful helping to push the messages of youth, fruit purity and freshness. Medium plus weight, satin texture, balanced, well made and ready.” Cameron Douglas

  • Winery: Astrolabe
  • Varietal: Chardonnay
  • Region: Marlborough, New Zealand
  • Vintage: 2018
  • Alcohol: 13%
  • Volume: 750ml
  • Closure: Screwcap
  • Other: Vegan-friendly, Sustainably certified SWNZ
  • Food match: Pairs well with roast chicken, creamy sauces, miso, sesame, truffles or delicate mushrooms.

“The 2018 vintage was hand-picked at two sites, in the lower Wairau Valley and the Southern Valleys, and fermented and matured for 10 months in French oak barriques and puncheons. Fragrant and mouthfilling, it has excellent depth of ripe, peachy, slightly toasty flavours, showing good complexity, gentle acidity and a creamy-smooth finish. It’s already drinking well.” Michael Cooper

Astrolabe was created in 1996 by winemaker Simon Waghorn, the culmination of a career that began in South Australia in 1982. Winemaking later led Simon and his family from Te Kauwhata to Gisborne, where he specialised in Chardonnay, and eventually to Marlborough where in 1996 he and his wife Jane Forrest-Waghorn joined with old friends Paul Davenport and Sally Lewis to have a go at their own label…and so began Astrolabe. Today they work with a number of growers scattered all over Marlborough, from Awatere valley to the Kekerengu coast to the Wairau Valley, developing a wide portfolio of iconic wines that celebrate the varieties and terroirs of Marlborough.

  • 93/100 Points & "High Quality" -  Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review (2018 vintage)
  • 92/100 Points - Cameron Douglas MS (2018 vintage)
  • 4 Stars - Michael Cooper’s Buyer’s Guide 2020 (2018 vintage)
  • 93/100 Points & "High Quality" -  Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review (2017 vintage)

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