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Astrolabe Kēkerengū Coast
Sauvignon Blanc

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Astrolabe Kēkerengū Coast
Sauvignon Blanc

The story of the Kēkerengū Coast Sauvignon Blanc is really defined by where it is: outside of the typical bounds of Marlborough. It is grown on limestone soils, which are not seen in the Wairau or Awatere Valleys. Kēkerengū is a narrow stretch between sea and mountain, and its extreme maritime climate has a profound influence on the wine, with an early budburst and late harvest. This combination of different soil and climate from the rest of Marlborough gives a very unique expression of sauvignon blanc. 

The Astrolabe Valleys Kēkerengū Coast Sauvignon Blanc is made from grapes grown at two vineyards in the Kēkerengū Coast sub-region, on Marlborough’s Southern Coast. Neutral wine yeast strains allow the powerful fruit flavours to dominate. A portion of hand-picked, high grape solids and wild barrel ferment wine was blended in to add subtle texture and complexity.

All my wines tend to be on the dry end, but this one is absolutely crystalline, bone dry — nothing left. It has a lovely briny, salty, savoury finish as a result, which speaks a bit about the sea nearby. It’s a great wine with oysters on the half shell, and it’s a wine that really appeals to a lot of people around the world that would normally profess not to be huge Marlborough sauvignon drinkers and may have more European drinking sensibilities. We love it because it’s so unique. It’s a briny, flavoursome, very intense, beautiful wine.

Simon Waghorn — Winemaker


Pale straw with green highlights.

Citrus pith, lime and grapefruit zest and hints of jasmine tea, fennel and basil.

A medium-bodied wine with flinty, almost salty notes, passionfruit flavours and a dry finish.

This wine is enjoyable in its youth but will develop soundly in bottle.

Raw oysters, tempura vegetables, delicate white fish like flounder and crayfish with lemongrass.


2023 Vintage

95 Points "Excellent"
"Taut, slightly crisp, dry wine with chalky/oyster shell and citrus flavours. The wine shows impressive purity and has an ethereal texture with deliciously seductive acidity. Very appealing. Drink 2023-2027."
DEC 23
Bob Campbell, Master of Wine
The Real Review


5 stars "Outstanding"
"Grown at Kekerengu, south of the Awatere Valley, the 2023 vintage (5*) is a distinctive, classy wine. Bright, light lemon/green, it is full-bodied and vibrant, with penetrating, delicate, citrusy, gently herbal flavours, a hint of saltiness, and a lingering, dry finish." JAN 24
Michael Cooper
New Zealand Wines: Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide


93 Points "Excellent"
"A vibrant, fruity, varietal and intense bouquet with scents and flavours of grapefruit peel and citrus flesh, apple and lemon, pear and savory dried herb qualities. Taut and dry as the wine touches the palate accentuated by acidity and delicate saline qualities. Some superfine sandy tannins, seashell and pineapple tropical fruit moments. Delicious, fresh and youthful with a decent finish. Best drinking from 2024 through 2029."
NOV 23
Cameron Douglas, Master Sommelier

Appellation Marlborough Wine AMW
Sustainably certified SWNZ

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