Durvillea Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand
We sourced the Durvillea, Sauvignon Blanc for a wine bar that we supplied to earlier this year. The bar has closed for the winter meaning we have a decent stack of the most popular wine on the list. As we know quality New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is supremely popular so we didn't have to include it in our sale but tis the season to be giving!
An astrolabe is an ancient astronomical instrument that was used to make a diverse range of calculations. Its name translates as ‘star-taker’. A mariner’s astrolabe, modified for use upon a ship, was used by early navigators to determine latitude by measuring the altitude of a celestial object. French explorer Dumont d’Urville charted the Marlborough coast in 1827 aboard a ship named L’Astrolabe. When career winemaker Simon Waghorn wanted to start his own label in 1996, he chose the name Astrolabe because of the historic ties with Marlborough, and he liked the connotations of exploration and discovery.
All grapes are sourced from ten families who live on their land and farm sustainably. These are long established and close relationships to dedicated growers who understand the rhythms of the land and know how to grow grapes that express the terroir. These sites are spread across the Marlborough sub-regions, giving a diversity of soil profile and mesoclimate. Each vineyard was chosen for the distinctive flavour it produces.
“Fresh, tangy sauvignon blanc with ripe passionfruit, tropical fruit, capsicum and subtle sweet grass flavours. A very moreish wine with fruity acidity, attractive purity and a crisp, lingering finish. Good value at this price. Drink 2021 to 2025.” AUG 21
Bob Campbell, Master of Wine
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“Bright, fresh, fruity, varietal and classic with aromas and flavours of lemon and fresh apple, green pear and tropical fruits. The fresh herbs layer adding complexity and fine mineral moments adding depth. Crisp and dry on the finish with pure citrus and tree fruits flavours wrapped in garden herbs. Drink now and through 2023.” DEC 20
Cameron Douglas, Master Sommelier
“Appealing aromas of citrus, herbs and tropical notes. Bright, slightly steely with mineral,
wet stone. Gooseberry and nettle flavours and crisp textured freshness”
DECANTER WORLD WINE AWARDS 2018