Astrolabe Southern Valleys
Sec Chenin Blanc
Chenin Blanc is a classic of the Loire valley in France, and in the New World, it is normally associated with South Africa. We love Chenin Blanc at Astrolabe. We love the apple and honeysuckle flavours, the freshness and the way the wine keeps on getting better in the bottle year after year. Chenin blanc is a grape variety that suits a wide range of styles and levels of residual sugar: from bone dry all the way to dessert wines. Chenin blanc wines can be aged in oak or left unoaked, and the grape is also capable of producing excellent sparkling wines.
The Astrolabe Wrekin Vineyard Sec Chenin Blanc is grown on the sunny clay slopes of the Southern Valleys of Marlborough, at the organic Wrekin Vineyard. The chenin block has interrow plantings of flowering buckwheat, which encourages biodiversity, attracting beneficial insects that work to keep the vines free from harmful pests.
I’ve made this wine dry but with a hint of residual sugar to balance the zippiness from the natural acidity of the fruit. I have preserved the charming fruit flavour by fermenting in neutral stainless vessels. The wine has more retained spritziness from the fermentation, which adds to the vivacity in the glass. It is a great drinking style, ready to go for spring and summer!
Simon Waghorn — Winemaker
Apple, green strawberries, blossom, pineapple, pear and elderflower.
Medium-bodied, with good acidity and a light spritziness, giving flavours of red apple, nectarine and honeysuckle.
Delicious when youthful but has strong maturation potential.
Oysters, roasted parsnips, fish grilled in banana leaves, Northern Thai-style herbal salad or chicken dishes with lemongrass and ginger.
"Fragrant, lifted bouquet of apple and white fleshed fruits, a lees and mineral layer with a white blossom and white peach fragrance. On the palate - off-dry with a whisper of sweetness with contrasting acidity then flavours of pear and apple, citrus pith and a moment of dried herb. Youthful, tense and salivating on the palate with a light saline wash on the finish. Well made, youthful and ready from drinking from mid to late 2022 through 2030+.” JUL 21
Cameron Douglas Master Sommelier
"Creamy-textured chenin blanc with spicy stewed apple flavours. Just a hint of sweetness, although it is perfectly balanced by gentle acidity. Delicious wine that has the potential to age well. A silky, seamless wine. Drink 2021 to 2030." SEP 21
Bob Campbell, Master of Wine
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