Astrolabe Comelybank Waihopai Valley
The pinot noir at Comelybank is our most ‘Marlborough’ in flavour and structure. This site at the lower reaches of the Waihopai Valley is where the fruit for our first Marlborough pinot noir came from, and it still underpins our Marlborough Province blend. The fruit here gives bright, vibrant red cherry with svelte, plush tannins and an elegant structure. I feel that it reflects the Southern Valleys pinot noir region of Marlborough very truly and showcases what is great about Marlborough as a growing region for pinot noir.
The Comelybank Pinot Noir was made using traditional winemaking techniques of hand picking, wild fermentation with the natural yeast, managing the fermentation cap by hand and extended oak aging. For this wine, I am looking for a full, plush palate structure and attractive red and black cherry aromas.
Simon Waghorn — Winemaker
Dark ruby red.
Earthy and gamey, with dark and red cherry and notes of clove and old rose.
Rich, sweet, plush fruit, with concentrated, juicy plum and velvety tannins.
This wine should cellar well, for at least six years.
Pan-seared duck breast, lamb, quail, roasted beetroot and osso buco.
PINOT NOIR SERVING TEMPERATURE
Cool room temperature.
“The powerful 2019 vintage was grown in the lower Waihopai Valley, hand harvested and matured for 10 months in French oak casks (25 per cent new). Boldly coloured, it is a fresh, very youthful, almost Syrah-like red, with dense, plummy, spicy flavours, a hint of liquorice, and obvious potential. Best drinking 2023+.”
New Zealand Wines: Michael Cooper’s Buyer’s Guide 2021
“Ripe, almost lush and intensely fruity point noir, with ripe plum and dark cherry taking centre-stage while more subtle fresh herb, savoury and spicy oak characters and complexity. A hedonistic wine that begs to be enjoyed but might surprise those who are willing to hold it a few years.” DEC 19
Bob Campbell, Master of Wine
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"Attractive, fruity, complex and specific bouquet of Pinot Noir. Aromas of dark cherry and plum, some darker berry aromas then smoky toasty oak, clove and vanilla. Dry, equally focused on the palate and packed with varietal flavours of cherries and darker berries then baking spices, firm youthful tannins and medium+ acidity. Complex finish with a nice layer of complexity and concentration and lengthy finish. Drinkable now, best to decant though, and through 2025." AUG 19
Cameron Douglas, Master Sommelier
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