Astrolabe Kēkerengū Coast
Albariño is the famous white grape variety of the Atlantic coast of Spain and Portugal — particularly the Rias Baixas region in Galicia. Albariño thrives in the temperate and maritime Marlborough climate. Albariño is a new grape variety in New Zealand, with the first plantings in 2009 and our first harvest, from a Galician clone, in 2013.
Lynne and Chris Wilson grew the Sleepers Albariño on a low river terrace of free-draining limestone loam above the Kēkerengū River. The vines at Kēkerengū are our first to see bud-burst, but the cooler temperatures prolong the growing season. The Albariño is the last of all our fruit to be harvested.
Chris and Lynne Wilson’s Sleepers Vineyard has a strong maritime influence, and the natural qualities of the Albariño grape express this beautifully in the finished wine. Hand-picked fruit was part-aged in old French oak with some malolactic fermentation.
I make Albariño from the Kēkerengū Coast of Marlborough because I like the crisp drinkability of the variety and believe it is well suited to our food and climate.
Simon Waghorn — Winemaker
Stone fruit and ripe citrus with some vanilla notes.
A fresh, lively palate with white peach and tropical flavours, medium body and length and a chalky, mineral finish.
Enjoyable as youthful, lively wine but will mature well when cellared.
Goat’s milk cheeses, grilled or pan-fried white meats. Excellent for cutting through rich, oily foods but also superb with salty and tart dishes — particularly seafood. A refreshing aperitif.
"Fruit centric bouquet with aromas of lemon and apple then whispers of slaty air and blossoms before mineral savoury complexity shows up after a few minutes in glass. Dry and quite intense with a chalky texture, contrasting core of citrus and white fruit flavours, saline and mineral mouthfeel. Lengthy finish with a moment of tangerine and lemon peel. Delicious. Decant for service (yes I mean decant), a large glass and fresh seafood. Best drinking from 2021 through 2024+." MAY 21
Cameron Douglas, Master Sommelier
Sustainably certified SWNZ