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Astrolabe in New Zealand: Simon Waghorn' s Extraordinary Wine.

Kevin Ecock's WinePod

Release Date: 01/22/2021

Ehrmanns and Sherry : a podcast with Peter Dauthieu jr show art Ehrmanns and Sherry : a podcast with Peter Dauthieu jr

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Astrolabe is one of those wineries. You know the kind!

Memorable. Exceptional.

In this podcast we chat with owner/winemaker Simon Waghorn. It's quite the chat! Astrolabe is situated in the Marlborough region on the South Island of New Zealand. The Waghorn family produce wines that reflect their specific origin to an incredable and specific detail. It is just fabulous to taste high quality wines where climate, soils and winemaking are all reflected completely accurately.

New Zealand produces fabulous Sauvignon Blanc wines from Marlborough. But they are not all alike. Indeed, the Astrolabe portfolio shows this to perfection. When I first tasted the Astrolabe Kekerengu Coast Sauvignon Blanc I was quite simply there - with the windy coastline, up on a hillside sitting in a stony vineyard. It's briny background and extreme mineral driven foretaste are as I say, Memorable, Exceptional.

O'Briens Wines carry the wine in Ireland.  

Wo, I'm getting carried away. This is Simon Waghorn's story, not mine! Let him tell you why soils matter and how the shape of his Island affects rainfall. This is family and this is very good wine.      

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While all restaurants in Ireland were closed until recently many reopened. That was great news - Open Again. Then we heard that they had to close once more - on Chrstmas Eve. Tough times, Tough times indeed. Here's hoping for a more succesful business environment in 2021.

We should remember that many of these, including the wonderful Monty's of Kathmandu, are family businesses. They are often small and brilliant and need our support more than ever. Keep Safe and Keep well. 

Kevin Ecock's WinePod is brought to us with the assistance of the Santa Rita Wine Room at Monty's of Kathmandu - an excellent place to host your next event or celebration.

Contact Shiva at 01 -6704911 or HERE at the Santa Rita Wine Room web page.