Astrolabe Sleepers Kēkerengū Coast
The pinot noir at Sleepers Vineyard, on the Kēkerengū Coast, is our most unique. The limestone soil provides minerality, and the cooler climate has a profound effect. Vintage variation is more dramatic at this site, with some vintages showing violet florals and others dried rose petal. The fruit is always lifted, delicate and mineral, with flavours of dried herb, leather, pomegranate, sweet ripe fruit or earthy wild truffles, which grow in the roots of the trees that surround the vineyard.
The winemaking process for my Sleepers Pinot Noir follows time-honoured methods. The fruit was picked by hand and fermented in small open-top vats using the wild vineyard yeast with hand plunging of the cap. The wine was allowed to undergo natural malolactic fermentation, and it spends two winters aging in French oak.
Simon Waghorn — Winemaker
Floral notes of violet, alongside cherry, bay leaf, cinnamon and star anise.
Energetic and vibrant, with red cherry and pomegranate, fine-grained tannin and a long, chalky, mineral finish.
This wine should cellar well, for at least six years.
Peking duck, game fowl, grilled tuna, truffle and smoky barbecue pork.
PINOT NOIR SERVING TEMPERATURE
Cool room temperature.
“The 2019 vintage was grown on the Kekerengu Coast, hand-harvested and matured for 10 months in French oak barrels (25 per cent new). A very distinctive red, it is full-coloured andfragrant, with concentrated, vigorous plum/spice flavours, a strong herbal thread, and fresh acidity.”
New Zealand Wines: Michael Cooper’s Buyer’s Guide 2021
“From the cool coastal climate and limestone-laced soils of the Kekerengu Coast. Sleek and spicy pinot noir with bright, racy violet, cherry, saline-mineral and spicy oak flavours. A vibrant, elegant wine with personality and poise.” DEC 19
Bob Campbell, Master of Wine
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"Toasty, smoky, fruity, varietal and spicy with oak. Aromas of ripe red berry fruits of cherry and raspberry, clove, vanilla and toasty oak. Delicious on the palate with a mix of savoury whole bunch-like flavours, dark cherry and wood spice blends. Fine to firm(ish) youthful tannins and balanced acid line. Quite lengthy with a warming alcohol note. Still young and an easy wine choice for the cellar. Decant for service and enjoy with food. Best drinking 2020 through 2026." DEC 18
Cameron Douglas, Master Sommelier
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