Astrolabe The Wrekin Vineyard Chenin Blanc 2021
Like its fellow Loire grape Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc flourishes in the Marlborough climate of New Zealand. The Astrolabe Wrekin Chenin Blanc is made from grapes grown on a loess clay slope. The grapes are hand-picked to give a delicacy to the phenolics. The Chenin Blanc is partially barrel fermented with wild yeast for complexity, with the remainder in stainless steel to preserve the fruit flavours. All fruit is free-run to retain purity. The wine displays aromas of apples and honeysuckle, with lemon-honey and a little vanilla from its oak ageing. The palate is medium bodied with a focused minerally length and flavours of crisp apple, lemon and peach. The wine is made to age gracefully; weight and honeyed flavours will result from cellaring.