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Astrolabe Pinot Noir, Marlborough

FOOD & WINE Wine Club Astrolabe Pinot Noir, Marlborough FOOD & WINE Wine Club Astrolabe Pinot Noir, Marlborough
Winery Astrolabe
Grape Pinot Noir
Year 2010
Country New Zealand
Appellation Marlborough

$28.00 per bottle

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A small harvest in 2010 helped give this New Zealand Pinot Noir lovely concentration and vibrant aromatics.
What You Need To Know
One of the odder strokes of bad luck in the wine industry hit Astrolabe in 2011, when 4,000 cases of this Marlborough winery’s zesty Sauvignon Blanc were lost in a shipwreck on New Zealand’s Astrolabe reef. (Adding to the irony: an astrolabe is an ancient navigation instrument.) It brought international attention to this label, which was founded by former Whitehaven winemaker Simon Waghorn, his wife, Jane, and two old friends. Created in 1996, Astrolabe was a small side project for Waghorn until he quit Whitehaven a few years ago to focus on Astrolabe full time. Waghorn incorporates fruit from seven different Pinot Noir clones into this wine, blending them to achieve a red layered with spice and fruit notes.
Smell It
Smell It
Fragrant black cherry, with smoke and cinnamon notes.
Taste It
Taste It
Black cherry, cola and spice flavors are bright and focused.
Serve It
Serve It
Decant and serve at cellar temperature—the wine should be cool to the touch.
Pair It
Pair It
Mushrooms, duck, quail and oily fish such as tuna and salmon.