Astrolabe Kekerengu Coast Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2011 – $$
Astrolabe, founded by Simon Waghorn in 1996, produce some of the region’s ‘reference’ Sauvignon Blanc wines that emerge from Marlborough province.
Astrolabe is named for the ship L’Astrolabe that the French adventurer and naval officer Jules Dumont d’Urville sailed in when he explored the inlets of the Marlborough Sounds in the 1820’s.
This Kekerengu Coast wine showcases one of the sub-regions of Marlborough. The winemakers say this area achieves budburst first, but is often last to be harvested, off limestone soils.
First off, the wine shows some bottle age. This is older than most Sav’s I drink. Light gold colour. 13%. Nose reminiscent of white Burgundy, almost Meursault, with notes of passionfruit and lemongrass, quite peculiar in it’s way, very thought-provoking, but still clean and restrained. Wild fermented.
This restraint continues in the mouth, the fruit is held back, almost austere. Shows minerality and finesse. Drying. Would be great with oysters. Very intriguing and complex Sauvignon Blanc. Love it!
This producer could be my find of 2015, I reckon. Should drink another bottle of this to see if it is true to type. Will definitely try some of the other SB variants this company offers as well…