Astrolabe Province Pinot Noir 2011 Front Label
Astrolabe Province Pinot Noir 2011 Front Label

Astrolabe Province Pinot Noir 2011

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750ML / 14% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Bright deep garnet in color with a savory bouquet of ripe dark and red cherry, brambly fruits with a hint of smoky oak. A full bodied wine with round, mouth filling flavors of plum, brambly fruit and dark cherry. The oak integrates nicely with the fruit, and combines well with the silky and linear tannin structure.

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With its attractive aromas and flavors of ripe cherries and subtle notes of pine and dried mint, this wine is immediately accessible without being simple. Likewise, in terms of texture, it’s sturdy enough to last a few years, but not so tough as to be off-putting. Complex, flavorful and supple, it should be at its best through at least 2016.
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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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Thin-skinned, finicky and temperamental, Pinot Noir is also one of the most rewarding grapes to grow and remains a labor of love for some of the greatest vignerons in Burgundy. Fairly adaptable but highly reflective of the environment in which it is grown, Pinot Noir prefers a cool climate and requires low yields to achieve high quality. Outside of France, outstanding examples come from in Oregon, California and throughout specific locations in wine-producing world. Somm Secret—André Tchelistcheff, California’s most influential post-Prohibition winemaker decidedly stayed away from the grape, claiming “God made Cabernet. The Devil made Pinot Noir.”

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