Astrolabe Kēkerengū Coast
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.
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"Tropical fruits of mango and pineapple, fresh herbs of basil and sage, citrus aromas of grapefruit then lemongrass and apple. Equally flavourful, youthful, fresh, fruity, tropical and herbaceous on the palate. Dry with plenty of acidity and spice, freshness and a light salty finish. Best drinking from 2021 through 2025+."
Cameron Douglas, Master Sommelier
“Tangy, intense sauvignon blanc with its signature oyster-shell-mineral, lemongrass and restrained tropical fruit flavours. Distinctly Kekerengu. Drink 2020 to 2025” DEC 20
Bob Campbell, Master of Wine
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5 STARS “OUTSTANDING”
“Grown at Kekerengu, south of the Awatere Valley, the distinctive 2019 vintage was mostly handled in tanks, but 20 per cent of the blend was fermented in old oak casks. Well worth discovering, it is a highly individual wine, light lemon/green, mouthfilling and lively, with delicate, ripely herbaceous flavours, crisp and long. Finely poised, with a real sense of youthful drive, it should be at its best mid-2021+. Drink 2020-2026"
New Zealand Wines: Michael Cooper’s Buyer’s Guide 2021
“Complex and pure with aromas of ripe citrus and dried herbs, sea salt and stony minerals, green mango and white peach. On the palate - savoury, crunchy, fresh, herbaceous, saline and fruity. Youthful, well made and lengthy with a dry finish. A lovely example ready to enjoy from today and through 2026.” DEC 20
Cameron Douglas, Master Sommelier
Appellation Marlborough Wine AMW
Sustainably certified SWNZ