Saint Clair Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2016


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Country - New Zealand

Region - Marlborough

Grape Varieties - Sauvignon Blanc 100%

Alcohol by volume - 13%

Bottle - 75cl

Producer - Saint Clair

Tasting notes - An intensely fragrant wine, where aromas of grapefruit, blackcurrant bud and gooseberry are complemented by a delicate salty tone and flinty mineral notes. Rich and beautifully balanced on the palate; passionfruit, blackcurrant and crushed mineral flavours lead to a long, lingering finish.

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Intense passion fruit and mineral flavours, richly textured
with a long and saline lingering finish.
Producer Note
Neal and Judy Ibbotson were pioneers in the Marlborough wine industry, first
planting vineyards in the valley in 1978 and then establishing Saint Clair Family Estate
in 1994. They own 160 hectares of vineyard in 10 different Marlborough locations
chosen specifically for the attributes of their individual "terroir" and ability to produce
top quality grapes. Neal Ibbotson combines his extensive expertise in viticulture with
the talent of one of New Zealand's leading winemaking teams led by Hamish Clark.
Since 1994, when wines from the first vintage all won medals including gold, the
name Saint Clair has been synonymous with quality and its award-winning record
continues today. This is a sentiment shared by Bob Campbell MW, who says “Saint
Clair now makes the country’s and perhaps the world’s best Sauvignon Blanc”.
Vineyard
Proximity to the ocean sees stronger maritime influences on the vineyards in the lower
Wairau Valley where fruit for the Saint Clair Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc was
grown. The daytime temperatures are warm, facilitating ripening, while the night
temperatures are typically cooler than the central and upper parts of the Wairau
Valley. This promotes increased hang time and flavour development. Nutrient rich
soils deposited over time due to non-erosive flooding (prior to stop bank flood
protection being introduced) have formed even and fertile sites. The nutrient hungry
Sauvignon Blanc vines utilise this fertility to produce extremely concentrated flavours
and aromas.
Winemaking
The fruit was pressed immediately to minimise skin contact and to preserve the
quality of the juice. After settling, the must was fermented in stainless steel using a
selected yeast strain. Fermentation was carried out at cool temperatures to retain
varietal characters and freshness. This parcel was identified by the winemaking team
during comprehensive blind tastings as the very best batch of wine produced for the
2016 vintage and therefore bottled as the Saint Clair Wairau Reserve.
Tasting Note
An intensely fragrant wine, where aromas of grapefruit, blackcurrant bud and
gooseberry are complemented by a delicate salty tone and flinty mineral notes. Rich
and beautifully balanced on the palate; passionfruit, blackcurrant and crushed
mineral flavours lead to a long, lingering finish.
Serving Suggestion
Freshly shucked oysters or mussels; seared scallops, salmon or pan-fried fish.
Grape
Sauvignon Blanc 100%

5451916A
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Data sheet

Vintage
2016
Bottle Size
75cl
Case Size
6 Bottles

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Saint Clair Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Country - New Zealand

Region - Marlborough

Grape Varieties - Sauvignon Blanc 100%

Alcohol by volume - 13%

Bottle - 75cl

Producer - Saint Clair

Tasting notes - An intensely fragrant wine, where aromas of grapefruit, blackcurrant bud and gooseberry are complemented by a delicate salty tone and flinty mineral notes. Rich and beautifully balanced on the palate; passionfruit, blackcurrant and crushed mineral flavours lead to a long, lingering finish.

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