FIVE STARS | Michael Cooper
95 POINTS 'OUTSTANDING' | Cameron Douglas MS
Astrolabe have long been considered one of the top players in the sauvignon blanc game and this is another excellent release from them. Winemaker Simon Waghorn has taken fruit from Awatere Valley vineyards for their 2021 release that highlights the more mineral / herbal notes that come from this Marlborough sub-region. A massive 95 points from Cameron Douglas speaks to the quality on offer here and it's a great option if you're looking to step your sauvignon blanc game up a notch. Very highly recommended.
Winemaker Simon Waghorn writes "My Awatere Valley Sauvignon Blanc is dry and has an emphasis on aromatic herbs and fresh, green fruits, with a full and lingering mouthfeel, balanced acidity and a savoury, almost saline finish. The winemaking techniques are identical to my Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, and the differences entirely come from site selection and blending."
Cameron Douglas MS writes "Fragrant and exacting bouquet, savoury, and fresh. Citrus and white stone fruits, salty air, fresh and dried herbs with a rocky mineral complexity. On the palate - delicious, tense and youthful, a core of fruit with flavours of lemon and grapefruit, white fleshed stone fruits, a savoury dried herb complexity and lengthy salivating salty finish. A delicious and vivacious wine with a core of fruit and varietal power."
Michael Cooper writes "Showing clear sub-regional characteristics, the 2021 vintage (5*) was grown at three sites in the Awatere Valley. Bright, light lemon/green, it is full-bodied and herbaceous, with melon and green capsicum flavours, revealing excellent purity and delicacy, balanced acidity and a long, fully dry finish."