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Astrolabe Sleepers Kekerengu Coast
Pinot Noir
2016

Astrolabe Sleepers Kekerengu Coast
Pinot Noir
2016

The pinot noir at Sleepers Vineyard, on the Kekerengu 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

 

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TASTING NOTES

COLOUR/APPEARANCE
Bright garnet.

AROMA/BOUQUET
Floral notes of violet, alongside cherry, bay leaf, cinnamon and star anise.

PALATE
Energetic and vibrant, with red cherry and pomegranate, fine-grained tannin and a long, chalky, mineral finish.

AGING POTENTIAL
This wine should cellar well, for at least six years.

FOOD PAIRING
Peking duck, game fowl, grilled tuna, truffle and smoky barbecue pork.

PINOT NOIR SERVING TEMPERATURE
Cool room temperature.

2016 vintage

94 POINTS 
“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
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Bob Campbell, Master of Wine
The Real Review © The Real Review

4 STARS
“Bright ruby, it is mouthfilling and vibrantly fruity, with generous, ripe, plummy,gently spicy flavours, showing good complexity, gentle acidity, and a wellrounded finish.” 
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Michael Cooper
New Zealand Wines: Michael Cooper’s Buyer’s Guide 2019

Sustainably certified SWNZ

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