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.
"Youthful bouquet with a floral white peach and salty lemon bouquet. Flavours of the same emerge on the palate with a tense youthful acidity emphasising the citrus then white fleshed fruits of peach and apple. A light sweet herb moment and salty mineral adding depth and complexity. Plenty of acidity and finishing dry. Enjoy as an aperitif or with fresh shellfish based dishes. Drink through 2025." SUMMER 20/21
Cameron Douglas, Master Sommelier
World of Wine by Cameron Douglas
“Grown at Kekerengu, the 2018 vintage was hand-picked and fermented and matured for six months in an even split of tanks and old French oak puncheons. Made in a fully dry style, it is lively, crisp and very youthful, with citrusy, spicy flavours, a touch of complexity and good intensity. Best drinking 2021+.”
New Zealand Wines: Michael Cooper’s Buyer’s Guide 2020
“Fresh, lively albariño with bright, tangy orange peel, citrus, apricot and subtle floral flavours. A light-bodied wine in a gentle and restrained style.” FEB 19
Bob Campbell, Master of Wine
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