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Astrolabe, Chardonnay 2020


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    Simon Waghorn

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Some ripe melon and dried stone fruits with vanilla and butter notes and a subtle mealiness on the nose. A wine of very elegant texture with stone fruit, vanilla creaminess, toasty oak, pleasing weight and a long, dry and mineral finish.
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The fruit is all hand-picked and whole cluster pressed to reduce phenolic structure and allow attractive grape solids fermentation characters to come through. I use only the free-run juice, also known as cuvée. That cuvée juice is taken down a very traditional Burgundian path: high-solids barrel fermentation with wild yeast, lees aging in French oak and bâtonnage throughout the maturation period.

The wine develops structure and body as it ages in 500 litre oak puncheons, where it undergoes malolactic fermentation, gathers lees complexity from aging on the lees and takes in flavours from the wood and its toast levels. I enjoy complementing the natural stonefruit and citrus flavours of our chardonnay grapes by building aromatic complexity and texture during winemaking to craft an elegant, dry and mouth-filling wine.

The Waghorn family has grown up in the wine industry. Their daughters were born in three different winegrowing regions as Simon made wine in the Barossa Valley, Waikato and Gisborne. Having grown up alongside Astrolabe, daughters Libby and Arabella have returned to Marlborough, and today two generations work together. They live in a 100-year-old house on the  Farm Vineyard and practice living on the land gently. Being family owned and operated colours everything they do and gives them the freedom to produce wines of uncompromising quality with a dedication to a house style.

An astrolabe is an ancient astronomical instrument that was used to make a diverse range of calculations. Its name translates as ‘star-taker’. A mariner’s astrolabe, modified for use upon a ship, was used by early navigators to determine latitude by measuring the altitude of a celestial object. French explorer Dumont d’Urville charted the Marlborough coast in 1827 aboard a ship named L’Astrolabe. When career winemaker Simon Waghorn wanted to start his own label in 1996, he chose the name Astrolabe because of the historic ties with Marlborough, and he liked the connotations of exploration and discovery.

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