93 POINTS | Cameron Douglas MS
FIVE STARS | Michael Cooper
The Farm is Astrolabe's reserve level label and this chardonnay is certainly a release to be proud of. Fruit is given every attention in the winery and carefully selected parcels undergo full malo fermentation and aging in French oak barrels. The resulting wine is creamy, toasty and loaded with bright stonefruit flavours. It's drinking well now but a couple of years in the cellar will see this wine really come into its own.
Cameron Douglas MS writes "Complex, ripe, toasty and fruity, varietal and youthful intensity driving the bouquet. Flavours of peaches and apples, apricots and baking spices dominate the core. Plenty of acidity and fine toasty oak qualities along with near full-body creaminess and richness add weight and finish. A lovely wine, quite youthful needing some integration time. Best drinking from late 2021 through 2026+."
Michael Cooper writes "The stylish 2019 vintage was estate-grown at Astrolabe Farm, at Grovetown, in the lower Wairau Valley, hand-harvested and fermented and matured for 10 months in French oak puncheons. Bright, light lemon/green, it is a highly fragrant, medium to full-bodied wine, concentrated and youthful, with ripe stone-fruit flavours, a subtle seasoning of biscuity oak, and a very harmonious, creamy-textured finish. Already delicious, it’s well worth cellaring to 2022+."
|Dietary Requirements:||Vegan, Organic|