2008 Astrolabe Pinot Noir Voyage

Year: 2008
Appellation: Marlborough
Country: New Zealand
Wine Spectator: 91
Wine Advocate: 87
Vinous Media: 89
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
Price :
$21.95
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"This elegant, fleshy Pinot delivers accents of dried lavender and spice to round out the plum and black cherry flavors that are fresh, lively and very persistent. Drink now through 2015. 3,000 cases made." (WS)

"Pale to medium ruby-purple colored, the 2008 Voyage Pinot Noir has intense raspberry and red cherry aromas with some tar, earth and forest floor. Crisp, medium bodied with a low level of grainy tannins, it has a long finish. Drink it now to 2014.

Astrolabe is currently in discussions with a USA importer and already exports to the UK, Ireland, Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia." (WA)

"Bright medium red. Redcurrant, raspberry and spices on the inviting nose. Sweet and plush, but with a firm shape to its red berry and cinnamon flavors. Finishes with a light dusting of tannins and very good red-fruity persistence." (IWC)

Winery Notes:
WINEMAKING:
Hand picked fruit was de-stemmed, cold soaked for five days and fermented in small open top vats with frequent punch downs. A majority of the wine was fermented with wild yeast. Early pressing allowed the end ferment and malolactic fermentation to occur while aging in mixed aged, tight grain, medium toast French oak.

TASTING NOTES:
Colour/Appearance Bright deep garnet. Aroma/Bouquet Savoury ripe plum and cherry, with a hint of game and smoky oak.

Palate:
Full to medium bodied wine with round, mouth filling flavours of plum and cherry, pleasing weight and a long elegant finish with good acidity. Oak integrates nicely with the fruit, and helps with the silky tannin structure.

Cellaring:
While best drinking after a years bottle age in early 2010, the wine has already come together well, and is ready now. Bottling date was 5th March, 2009.

Suggested Foods:
Farm raised venison, tender rare lamb, mild game, duck and oily fish such as tuna and salmon. Serve Mild room temperature