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Wrekin Vineyard Pinot Noir demonstrates winemaker Simon Waghorn's innovative treatment of special vineyards and his willingness to challenge the everyday  winemaking process. Simon loves to experiment while capturing the raw, ethereal and sometimes undiscovered qualities of individual grape varieties, such as the close planted, low cropped vines which provided all of the grapes in this silky, spicy, savoury and pristine expression of Pinot Noir. 

All grapes were hand picked, destemmed and fermented with wild yeasts before being aged in three French oak barrels for nine months then blended and aged for another 9 months in old oak puncheons.

The story of Astrolabe

Diversity, history and family ownership are among the reasons to try the outstanding range of wines from Astrolabe, which was founded in 1996 in Marlborough by winemaker Simon Waghorn and his partner in life and wine, Jane. 

Simon has forged a reputation for being one of New Zealand's most respected producers of aromatic white wines after winning an almost embarrassingly long string of awards for his Sauvignon Blancs. He has also forged a name for adventurously diverse winemaking - he produces dry flinty whites from the most southern vineyard in Marlborough at Kekerengu on the coast about an hour's drive south of Blenheim. He is the only winemaker to produce wines from here. 

He is also one of the few in this country to make Albarino, Chenin Blanc and a consistently outstanding range of wines from the organically certified hillside sloping site that is the Wrekin Vineyard in Marlborough. 

The winery remains family owned and is now run by two generations, including Simon and Jane as well as their adult daughters. 

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