2014 Astrolabe "Wrekin Vineyard" Chenin Blanc Marlborough

SKU #1322632 93 points Bob Campbell

 Fine, tight Chenin Blanc with green apple, mineral and a suggestion of roasted nut flavours. Bone-dry wine with a backbone of fine acidity that promises to let the wine age well. It’s good to see more Chenin Blanc labels on the market, particularly wines of this calibre.

K&L Notes

From a hillside block in the southern valleys. This Chenin Blanc is whole cluster pressed and fermented with wild yeast in neutral oak barrels. The wine sits on fine lees and is stired frequently to build texture and complexity. It shows lovely toasted grains, baked pear, quince, some stone fruit notes and granary bread. Lovely combination of richness and restraint, quite a unique expression. (Ryan Woodhouse - K&L NZ Wine Buyer)

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Varietal:

Chenin Blanc

- Also called Pineau de la Loire and Pineau d'Anjou. Chenin Blanc is an expressive white French varietal that makes beautiful dry, sweet and sparkling wines. Traditionally grown in the Loire Valley, the wines made from this varietal are typically labeled geographically. Vouvray Chenins are traditionally medium-sweet; Savennières Chenins are typically bright and crisp; Coteaux du Layon Chenins like Bonezeaux and Quarts de Chaume are among the world's most sought-after sweet wines, and the sparkling Chenins of Saumur are perfumed and delicious. What all of these iterations of the grape have in common is their ability to age, a gift bestowed upon them because of the grape's naturally high-acidity.
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New Zealand

- New Zealand is an extremely diverse wine-growing nation. The long history of producing wine started in the 1830s with wineries such as Mission Estate (1850) and Te Mata Estate (1896) still producing wine today. The two islands hold a multitude of different growing climates ranging from warmer areas such as Hawke’s Bay to very cool regions such as Waitaki, and Awatere. Most regions are defined as Maritime with the exception being Central Otago that has a moderate Continental climate with the high elevation creating dramatic diurnal swings in temperature. The plethora of grapes grown in New Zealand reflects this diverse microclimate make up. Everything has a place here, Bordeaux varietals and Syrah in Hawke’s Bay, Chardonnay and Pinot in Nelson, Pinot Noir and Riesling in Central Otago , aromatic whites in Waipara and pretty much everything you can imagine in Marlborough. New Zealand is also one of the “greenest” wine producing nations on earth (94% of wine certified sustainable in 2013) with a strong focus on organic and Biodynamic farming.
Alcohol Content (%): 13