Saint Clair Pioneer Block 1 Foundation Block Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2019

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Saint Clair Pioneer Block 1 Foundation Block Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2019

Country - New Zealand

Region - Marlborough

Grape Varieties - Sauvignon Blanc 100%

Alcohol by volume - 13%

Bottle - 75cl

Producer - Saint Clair

Tasting notes - A powerful and intense wine with an aromatic nose of white currant and fragrant tropical fruit with a hint of cut grass. Luscious ripe grapefruit and green guava flavours envelop the palate, which has a chalky texture. A refreshing and beautifully balanced Sauvignon Blanc with a long, lingering finish.

 

Saint Clair Pioneer Block 1 Foundation Block Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2019

This is an intense and aromatic Sauvignon Blanc with
vibrant herbaceous and mineral flavours finishing on a
note of grapefruit and passion fruit.


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”.


Vintage
Short periods of rain during the harvest were followed by brilliant sunshine and mild
breezes which helped to dry the berries. Harvest started in earnest on 13th March
and continued at a steady and manageable pace with minimal pressure. The
vintage proceeded in near perfect conditions, with 2019 producing exceptional
quality fruit with very concentrated flavours with excellent natural acidity.


Vineyard
This vineyard site has been the foundation for some of Saint Clair’s finest wines. This is
the vineyard where Saint Clair Family Estate first discovered the fruit to make their
flagship Saint Clair Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc. The fruit is sourced from a single
vineyard in the lower Wairau Valley. The Block One site was previously part of the
Wairau flood plain and is renowned for its deep, highly fertile, free-draining soils,
which have been built up over time and help to produce the intensity of flavour in
the resulting wine. The vineyard has a flat profile and is situated approximately three
metres above sea level. It is now protected from flooding by a stopbank. Located in
a slightly cooler site than the majority of the Marlborough Valley, the vines have a
slower annual ripening period. The fruit is carefully monitored during the ripening
stage and is harvested during the cooler evenings, at maximum flavour maturity and
physiological ripeness.


Winemaking
The grapes were harvested in the cool of the evening to retain freshness; pressed
immediately to minimise skin contact and to preserve the quality of the juice. Once
settled, the must was fermented in stainless steel using a selected yeast strain.
Fermentation took place at cool temperatures to retain the fruit flavours and
aromatic freshness. This batch was selected as a Pioneer Block wine due to its
opulence and intensity of flavour.


Tasting Note
A powerful and intense wine with an aromatic nose of white currant, capsicum and
fragrant tropical fruit with a hint of thyme. Luscious ripe blackcurrant and lime
flavours envelop the palate, which has a chalky texture. This is a pure and focussed
Sauvignon Blanc with a long, lingering finish.


Grape
Sauvignon Blanc 100%

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