Astrolabe Wrekin Vineyard Marlborough Chenin Blanc 2015 $25 (4.5 stars)

Simon Waghorn and his wife Jane Forrest-Waghorn set up Astrolabe in Marlborough back in 1996 after years of making wine in Australia and Gisborne. I love that they’ve taken a leap and planted chenin blanc because it produces an apple and honeysuckle-scented dry white wine that’s rarely seen in NZ. Zesty, fresh and feisty, it’s an absolutely gorgeous, mineral-edged aromatic from France’s Loire region that just sings with creamy, savoury foods. I’m thinking smoked fish pie for sure.


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