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Astrolabe Kēkerengū Coast
Albariño
2020

RRP: $30.00

Astrolabe Kēkerengū Coast
Albariño
2020

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

TASTING NOTES

COLOUR/APPEARANCE
Pale gold.

AROMA/BOUQUET
Stone fruit and ripe citrus with some vanilla notes.

PALATE
A fresh, lively palate with white peach and tropical flavours, medium body and length and a chalky, mineral finish.

AGING POTENTIAL
Enjoyable as youthful, lively wine but will mature well when cellared.

FOOD PAIRING
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.

SERVING TEMPERATURE
Chilled.

2019 vintage

93 POINTS
"A striking bouquet with aromas of a young and vibrant wine with fresh citrus and peach, there's a fine savoury seam then scents of apple and lemon peel. Salivating, crisp and dry on the palate with flavours that transition quickly from white peach to citrus pith, apple and white flowers to lemon and a fine savoury lees texture. An aperitif style ready for imbibing from purchase and through 2025." SEP 21
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Cameron Douglas, Master Sommelier

92 POINTS 
"Appealingly tangy albariño with typical white pepper, green tea, mandarin flower and salt-mineral flavours underpinned by lively acidity. The wine has weight and a lingering finish. Drink 2020 to 2025." JUL 20
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Bob Campbell, Master of Wine
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