Astrolabe Province Pinot Gris 2011 Front Label
Astrolabe Province Pinot Gris 2011 Front Label

Astrolabe Province Pinot Gris 2011

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    Winemaker Notes

    Light straw color with white fleshed stonefruit and fresh pear aromas, with a little nougat and a hint of mandarin peel. Pure, focused wine with delicacy of structure, finishing crisp and dry. Stonefruit and pear flavors dominate, followed by some light citrus fruit.

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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

    Supremo’.

    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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    This “white” variety is actually born out of a mutation of Pinot Noir and shows a unique rosy, purplish hue upon full ripeness. The grape boasts two versions of its name and two generally distinct styles: the crisp, Italian Pinot Grigio and the softer French Pinot Gris. Somm Secret—Given the color of its berries and aromatic potential, Pinot Grigio is commonly used to make "orange wines." An orange wine is a white wine made with fermentation on its skins (similar to red wine making), leading to n orange hued wine with ephemeral aromas and extra complexity.

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