What’s in the glass tonight November 19th – Sauvignon Blanc

Astrolabe Kekerengu Sav B 2015

Astrolabe Kekerengu Coast Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2015 – $$

From a reference producer of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, this wine is one of their series of wines exploring sub-regional expressions of the varietal, this example from near the southern coast of Marlborough.

Pale green straw colour. 13% alc.

Grassy and green on the nose. Green capsicum and gooseberries. Apples. A lichen salinity. Ascetic and austere.

Intense and long flavours. Limes and citrus, green tomatoes. Astringent. A grassy long note. Yet still full-flavoured within the confines of the style. Liking the expression of austerity very much!

Highly Recommended 91 points

What’s in the glass tonight March 10th

Astrolabe Kekerengu Coast SB 2011

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…

VG 4