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Astrolabe Voyage Marlborough Pinot Noir

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At Cracka wines we are suckers for Pinot Noir in all its guises and this one from Astrolabe pushes all the right buttons. Marlborough is starting to give Central Otago a run for its money with this variety and here’s some evidence. Winemaker Simon Waghorn has waved his winemaking wand to produce an all round crowd pleaser.

Gamey, smoky, plummy and cherry infused it smells like every good Pinot should. It’s a mouth-filling wine with smoky oak integrating well with the fruit and delivering a silky smooth tannin weight.

Winemaker's Notes

Appearance: Bright deep garnet.

Nose: Savoury ripe plum and cherry, with a hint of game and smoky oak.

Palate: Full to medium bodied wine with round, mouth filling flavours of plum and cherry, pleasing weight and a long elegant finish with good acidity. Oak integrates nicely with the fruit, and helps with the silky tannin structure.

Food: Foods Farm raised venison, tender rare lamb, mild game, duck and oily fish such as tuna and salmon.

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Astrolabe Voyage Marlborough Pinot Noir

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Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
Astrolabe's voyage is one to climb on board for - a nicely captured darker-cherry and foresty nose and a well-placed serve of savoury oak here too, young and complex. The palate's mapped out with juicy acidity and exotic oriental spice flavour; tannins are tidy. Neat balance and good value.
2012
The Good Wine Guide
Michael Cooper (2008 Vintage) says
The 2008 vintage was hand-picked, fermented partly with indigenous yeasts and oak-aged fot 10 months. A generous, sweet-fruited ted, it is full-coloured, with cherry, plum, spice and nut flavours, showing excellent ripeness, youthful tannins and good complexity.
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Michael Cooper (2007 Vintage) says
The 2007 vintage was hand-picked at three sites in the Wairau Valley, one-third fermented with indigenous yeasts, and French oak-aged. A rich, sweet-fruited red, with substantial body and concentrated, well-rounded flavours, it's intensely perfumed and elegant, with fine tannins.
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Michael Cooper (2006 Vintage) says
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