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Astrolabe Wrekin
Pinot Noir
2019

RRP: $65.00

Astrolabe Wrekin
Pinot Noir
2019

My Wrekin Pinot Noir was grown at Wrekin Vineyard in Marlborough’s Southern Valleys. The vines are closely planted and low-cropping. The Wrekin fruit provides a lot of the structure to our larger Province blend, giving our darkest cherry and plum flavours and the muscular structure and tannin. I have chosen to release this small production wine to highlight the individual expression of this site.

Hand-picked fruit was de-stemmed, cold soaked for seven days, fermented with wild yeast and aged in three French oak barrels for nine months, where it underwent natural malolactic fermentation. The selected barrels were blended and aged for an additional nine months in old oak puncheons.

Simon Waghorn — Winemaker

TASTING NOTES

COLOUR/APPEARANCE
Dark ruby red with purple hue.

AROMA/BOUQUET
Spicy dark plum compote with dried rose petal, smoky oak, anise and leather.

PALATE
Full, smooth, dark and brooding, with nutty, brambly fruit notes, mouth-filling tannins and a lingering finish

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

FOOD PAIRING
Roasted venison, rabbit, smoky eggplant, seared lamb and wild mushroom ragù.

PINOT NOIR SERVING TEMPERATURE
Cool room temperature.

5 STARS 
"The powerful 2019 vintage was hand-harvested in Marlborough's upper Brancott Valley and matured for 10 months in French oak barrels (25 per cent new). Boldly coloured, it is mouthfilling, rich and supple, with deep, lush plum, cherry and spice flavours, and a lasting finish. It should flourish for a decade.”
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Michael Cooper
New Zealand Wines: Michael Cooper’s Buyer’s Guide 2021

2016 vintage

95 POINTS 
"From the upper Brancott Valley in Marlborough’s Southern Valleys. Rich, weighty wine with dark berry, plum, cherry, spice, herb and nutty oak flavours. A quite intense and structured wine that will certainly reward cellaring.” DEC 19
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Bob Campbell, Master of Wine
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