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Astrolabe Chardonnay 2018

$33

Varietal: Chardonnay
Alcohol: 13.0%
Region: Marlborough, New Zealand

Recognition
93 Points by Bob Campbell MW
92 Points by Cameron Douglas MS
Organic
Organic
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Certified Organic
Certified Organic
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Low Sulphites
Low Sulphites
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Vegan
Vegan
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Biodynamic
Biodynamic
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Sustainable
Sustainable
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Natural
Natural
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Gluten Free
Gluten Free
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"This wine is medium straw gold in colour. On the nose some ripe melon and dried stone fruits with vanilla and butter notes and a subtle mealiness. And on the palate very elegant texture with stone fruit, vanilla creaminess, toasty oak, pleasing weight and a long, dry and mineral finish."

"This wine is blended from four different clones from grapes grown at their home vineyard in the lower Wairau Valley, Wrekin Vineyard on the clay hillsides of the Southern Valleys and Windmill Block at Dumgree in the Awatere Valley.

The fruit is all hand-picked and whole cluster pressed to reduce phenolic structure and allow attractive grape solids fermentation characters to come through. I use only the free-run juice, also known as cuvée. That cuvée juice is taken down a very traditional Burgundian path: high-solids barrel fermentation with wild yeast, lees aging in French oak and bâtonnage throughout the maturation period.

The wine develops structure and body as it ages in 500 litre oak puncheons, where it undergoes malolactic fermentation, gathers lees complexity from aging on the lees and takes in flavours from the wood and its toast levels. Complementing the natural stonefruit and citrus flavours of their chardonnay grapes by building aromatic complexity and texture during winemaking to craft an elegant, dry and mouth-filling wine."

This wine is best served at cool room temperature 13-15 degrees and would pair well with roast chicken, creamy sauces, miso, sesame, truffles or delicate mushrooms.

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Organic
Organic
Organic wine are grapes grown on an organic vineyard without genetic modification (GMO’s), and without routine spraying of synthetic pesticides or herbicides. It is a holistic style of viticulture that prioritises the health of the soil and surrounding habitat focusing on long-term nourishment for the land. The winemaking process is also done with less additives and preservatives such as sulphur dioxide - also known as sulphites.
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Certified Organic
Certified Organic
Certified organic wine are grapes grown on an certified organic vineyard that has been checked, audited and certified by a trusted certification agency with a set of standards to comply with. Organic wine is made without genetic modification (GMO’s), and without routine spraying of synthetic pesticides or herbicides on the vineyards. It is a holistic style of viticulture that prioritises the health of the soil and surrounding habitat focusing on long-term nourishment for the land. The winemaking process is also done with less additives and preservatives such as sulphur dioxide - also known as sulphites.
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Low Sulphites
Low Sulphites
Low sulphite practices are when winemakers either use no added sulphites or very minimal quantities during viticulture, winemaking and bottling. This means the wine you drink tastes roughly the same as the day it got bottled. This is great for people with sensitivities to sulphites.
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Vegan
Vegan
Vegan wines are the absence of animal derived ingredients. Common non-vegan ingredients used in some winemaking are blood and bone marrow, chitin (fibers from crustacean shells), fish oil, isinglass - made from dried fish bladders, gelatine, casein (a protein derived from cow’s milk) and albumin from egg whites. These are mostly used for the filtration process. It can be difficult to spot a vegan drink by the label as producers are under no obligation to list animal products used in the production process.
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Biodynamic
Biodynamic
Biodynamic wine uses all the practices of organic viticulture and adds onto this, more complex farming practices that utilise the astrological calendar and elemental forces. Each biodynamic calendar day coincides with one of the four classical elements of Earth, Fire, Air and Water that have been used since before Plato’s era: Fruit Days: Best days for harvesting grapes, Root Days: Ideal days for pruning, Flower Days: Leave the vineyard alone on these days, Leaf Days: Ideal days for watering plants. It's believed that Biodynamic wine tends to have notably exceptional flavours, appearance and overall quality.
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Sustainable
Sustainable
The aim of sustainable wines is for the viticulture and winemaking process to be environmentally conscious and socially responsible - whilst maintaining economic feasibility and high quality wines. This includes building and maintaining healthy soil, managing water wisely, minimising air, water and climate pollution and promoting biodiversity by keeping wild ecosystems intact instead of clearing land etc. When grapes are grown, harvested and made into wine these environmental factors are prioritised to avoid damaging impacts - without sacrificing productivity or profitability.
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Natural
Natural
Natural wine is an approach that doesn’t sit in a well-defined category but more of a set of agreed-upon characteristics. In its simplest form, natural wine is made from fermented grape juice, where the grapes are hand-picked without being sprayed with pesticides and herbicides. The wines are made with native yeast and minimal intervention in the vineyards and in the cellar. They use no or low amounts of sulphites.
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Gluten Free
Gluten Free
Gluten Free is the absence of the seed storage protein (gluten) found in certain cereal grains. Wine is naturally gluten-free, however some practices include using gluten during the filtration process or aging it in oak barrels sealed with wheat paste, which could add tiny amounts of gluten to wine. Gluten free wines are best suited for drinkers who are highly allergic to gluten.
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