93 POINTS | Cameron Douglas MS
4.5 STARS | Michael Cooper
Considered to be one of New Zealand's finest producers, Astrolabe have built their reputation on consistently producing stunning wines. This Marlborough Pinot Noir is no exception - a generous expression with plenty of weight and complexity. The 2017 is a full bodied wine with round, mouthfilling flavours in the plum, brambly fruit and dark cherry spectrum. The oak component integrates nicely with the fruit, and combines well with the silky and linear tannin structure. Highly recommended.
The winery writes "A full-bodied wine with round, mouth-filling flavours of plum, brambly fruit, dark cherry and a hint of savoury herbs. The oak integrates nicely with the fruit and the silky and linear tannin structure."
Cameron Douglas MS writes "An attractive, fruity, floral and varietal bouquet with aromas of ripe red berry fruits, red plum and currant wrapped up in a shroud of toasty wood spices. Youthful, tense, fruity and dry on the palate. Dark cherry and baking spices, plum and toasty wood, tart strawberry and stony minerality. Well made, but very youthful and tense with firm tannins and plenty of acidity."
Michael Cooper writes "The 2017 vintage was grown in the Southern Valleys (85 per cent) and at Kekerengu (15 per cent), hand-picked, fermented with indigenous yeasts and matured for 10 months in French oak barriques. Bright ruby, it is a powerful, full-bodied red, with strong, plummy,
spicy flavours, an earthy streak, good complexity and a fairly firm finish."