Astrolabe The Farm
The Farm vineyard is our home block, and the chardonnay here holds particular significance to me because the first wine I made under the name Astrolabe was a chardonnay from this site. I sought out fruit from a wider representation of Marlborough terroir, and this original wine ultimately became my classic Province Marlborough Chardonnay. Over twenty years later, this new release The Farm Chardonnay celebrates the unique character of my vineyard.
The Farm is dry farmed and currently in organic conversion. These are the oldest vines we make wine from at Astrolabe. These vines are low cropping, which, combined with dry farming on rich loam soils, provides an excellent concentration of fruit. These chardonnay rows are made up of diverse collection of clones (Mendoza, 15, 2/22 and 6), providing a spread of ripening and harvest dates and a flavour variation throughout the clonal mix.
Hand-picked fruit was whole-cluster pressed, with only the cuvée juice used for this wine. Delicately extracted juice with high retained solids was allowed to undergo spontaneous barrel fermentation, led by the vineyard yeast. Full malolactic conversion occurred as the wine aged for ten months in French oak puncheons. The final wine was selected from three different puncheons of different ages.
630 bottles produced.
Simon Waghorn — Winemaker
Mid straw gold.
Stonefruit and pineapple with a hint of nutmeg and floral notes of chamomile and jasmine.
A delicate and mineral palate with flavours of lemon peel, dried papaya and beeswax.
This wine will continue to develop rewarding flavour and bottle complexity with aging.
Pair this wine with sashimi, lobster, oysters, artichokes, sole fried in butter, or pasta al limone.
CHARDONNAY SERVING TEMPERATURE
Cool room temperature.
“The stylish 2019 vintage was estate-grown at Astrolabe Farm, at Grovetown, in the lower Wairau Valley, hand-harvested and fermented and matured for 10 months in French oak puncheons. Bright, light lemon/green, it is a highly fragrant, medium to full-bodied wine, concentrated and youthful, with ripe stone-fruit flavours, a subtle seasoning of biscuity oak, and a very harmonious, creamy-textured finish. Already delicious, it's well worth cellaring to 2022+.”
New Zealand Wines: Michael Coopers Buyer’s Guide 2021
“Fermented in French puncheons, the oak-derived roasted-hazelnut-like characters sing loud and proud on the nose, but the palate reveals much greater nuance. There's excellent clarity and depth of white stone fruit and citrus. The long finish has lovely freshness and tension, filling the mouth with a smoky scent. Give this a little time to grow into itself in bottle and it will pay dividends.” NOV 20
Rebecca Gibb, Master of Wine
“Complex, ripe, toasty and fruity, varietal and youthful intensity driving the bouquet. Flavours of peaches and apples, apricots and baking spices dominate the core. Plenty of acidity and fine toasty oak qualities along with near full-body creaminess and richness add weight and finish. A lovely wine, quite youthful needing some integration time. Best drinking from late 2021 through 2026+.” FEB 21
Cameron Douglas, Master Sommelier
Sustainably certified SWNZ