Astrolabe Province Pinot Gris 18

The Kekerengu Coast Pinot Gris was grown on a low river terrace of free-draining limestone loam above the Kekerengu River. Profoundly influenced by the nearby sea, the southerly Kekerengu Coast is Marlborough’s first valley for budburst, but fog and cool breezes make it the last to harvest. This long growing season, combined with Kekerengu’s limestone soil, gives wines of restraint and elegance. This is a wine we make only in the special vintages where conditions are perfect.

Hand-picked grape bunches were gently whole cluster pressed, and a lightly cloudy free-run juice was cool-fermented on light grape solids in stainless steel.

The wine has an elevated, almost floral perfume and a precise but satisfying structure. Ours is the only pinot gris grown in that part of the province, and the pinot gris from Kekerengu has its own particular expression, with bright acid, more perfumed floral notes and a unique palate structure.

Simon Waghorn — Winemaker