Astrolabe Taihoa Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2021 $36
In Maori, ‘taihoa’ means to wait, to not be in a hurry, and the fruit from this vineyard has clearly been given the time and care it needs to create serious yum-factor. Winemaker Simon Waghorn wild – fermented Kēkerengū-grown fruit from the southernmost part of Marlborough in old, 500-litre oak puncheons that have seen several years of chardonnay. The high-solids juice was then retained in barrel for extended maturation on its yeast lees to create luscious, lime, marzipan, and soft passionfruit plushness, which means it’s miles away from the capsicum and huge acidity of old. Make no mistake, this sauvignon is ultra-textural, tangy, and twanging with flavour, it’s a clean, complex superstar. Fish pie? Perfecto! Drink now through 2027.