Astrolabe Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2020  Front Label
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Astrolabe Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2020

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  • WE90
  • WW90
  • JS90
750ML / 13.5% ABV
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750ML / 13.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Pale straw with green highlights. Powerful gooseberry, white currant, red capsicum, passionfruit, and lime peel aromas. Medium-bodied, with strong flavours of makrut lime, passionfruit, lemongrass and a refreshingly smooth, dry and persistent finish. 

Pair with fresh, leafy green salads; goat’s cheese; seafood of all types; and dishes with lifted, aromatic herbs.

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WS 91
Wine Spectator

Distinctive, offering lemon blossom, dried ginger, white pepper and lemongrass aromatics, with a core of fleshy peach, mango and melon flavors. Impressive for its focus and long, lingering, refreshing finish. Drink now. 6,000 cases imported.

RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Bursting with passion fruit and hints of snow pea pods, the 2020 Sauvignon Blanc is a strong effort. Assertively flavored with plenty of intense tropical and citrus notes, it's medium-bodied and lightly textured on the palate with a lingering, refreshing finish. Drink it over the next year.

WE 90
Wine Enthusiast

This is a highly fruity wine that doles out oodles of charm with its heady notes of passionfruit, pineapple, guava and ruby grapefruit, backed by soft green bell pepper. It’s crisp and zesty with some slippery texture and a vegetal note at the finish. Balanced, refreshing and a summertime staple. Share a Splash. 

WW 90
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COMMENTARY: The 2020 Astrolabe Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is on point in its category, and it is pretty fine. TASTING NOTES: This wine dazzles with aromas and flavors of new-mown hay, savory spices, and dried herbs. Enjoy it with Hamachi sashimi with mild jalapeño threads. (Tasted: January 27, 2021, San Francisco, CA)
JS 90
James Suckling

Ripe and fruity sauvignon blanc with aromas of pears, melon and cooked apples. Medium-to full-bodied with a creamy, tropical palate. Drink now.

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An astrolabe is an ancient astronomical calculator with a name that translates as ‘star taker’. In 1996, when respected career winemaker Simon Waghorn started his own label, reaching for the stars seemed appropriate, and he chose the name Astrolabe. Working in a profession at the conflux of art and science, there is a certain affinity with the artisans who painstakingly crafted these often ornate instruments. Simon has since established a benchmark style of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and has been described by New Zealand’s leading Master of Wine, Bob Campbell, as a ‘Sauvignon


After the international success of his Sauvignon Blanc established Astrolabe’s reputation, Simon gave up his other winemaking commitments to focus on Astrolabe, which has now become a family winery. Simon often refers to Marlborough as a winemaker’s paradise for of its ability to produce world class aromatic white wine and Pinot Noir. Simon has long been an advocate for the recognition of sub-regional diversity within Marlborough. His convictions are reflected in the wines he makes: a diverse range of varieties from small plantings around Marlborough with different expressions of

terroir. Simon sources fruit from across the whole Marlborough growing region, pushing as far as the southern coast, where limestone soils can be found.

Astrolabe is a winemaker brand, and Simon Waghorn makes the wines to suit his personal palate. Simons crafts his Astrolabe wines with precision and harmony, capturing Marlborough’s intense fruit and leaving the connoisseur to discover the measured layering of flavors and different dimensions as they savor each glass.

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An icon and leading region of New Zealand's distinctive style of Sauvignon blanc, Marlborough has a unique terroir, making it ideal for high quality grape production (of many varieties). Despite some common generalizations, which could be fairly justified given that Marlborough is responsible for 90% of New Zealand's Sauvignon blanc production, the wines from this region are actually anything but homogenous. At the northern tip of New Zealand’s South Island, the vineyards of Marlborough benefit from well-draining, stony soils, a dry, sunny climate and wide temperature fluctuations between day and night, a phenomenon that supports a perfect balance between berry ripeness and acidity.

The region’s king variety, Sauvignon blanc, is beloved for its pungent, aromatic character with notes of exotic tropical fruit, freshly cut grass and green bell pepper along with a refreshing streak of stony minerality. These wines are made in a wide range of styles, and winemakers take advantage of various clones, vineyard sites, fermentation styles, lees-stirring and aging regimens to differentiate their bottlings, one from one another.

Also produced successfully here are fruit-forward Pinot noirs (especially where soils are clay-rich), elegant Riesling, Pinot gris and Gewürztraminer.

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Capable of a vast array of styles, Sauvignon Blanc is a crisp, refreshing variety that equally reflects both terroir and varietal character. Though it can vary depending on where it is grown, a couple of commonalities always exist—namely, zesty acidity and intense aromatics. This variety is of French provenance. Somm Secret—Along with Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc is a proud parent of Cabernet Sauvignon. That green bell pepper aroma that all three varieties share is no coincidence—it comes from a high concentration of pyrazines (herbaceous aromatic compounds) inherent to each member of the family.

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