Careful monitoring during ripening and harvesting in the cool of the evening ensured fruit of maximum flavour maturity and physiological ripeness. The fruit was pressed off as quickly as possible to minimise skin contact and juice deterioration following harvesting. After settling the juice was fermented using selected yeast in 100 per cent stainless steel at cool temperatures to retain fruit flavour and freshness. This batch was selected as a Pioneer Block wine due to its unique flavour, intensity and complexity.
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 ten 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 viticultural with the talent of one of New Zealand's leading winemaking teams, led by Matt Thomson and Hamish Clark. From 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.
The grapes are sourced from a single vineyard where the rows of vines are planted at an unusual angle of 43 degrees north-east to southwest. Soil Even, fertile, deep, free-draining silt loam.
This Sauvignon Blanc is distinctively Marlborough and has a fresh vibrant palate of passion fruit, gooseberry and crushed herbs. The wine has a wonderfully full and rich palate with striking minerality leading to a long, lasting finish. It is the crushed herb flavours that is a point of difference for this wine. Complex fruit flavours, gooseberry, passion fruit and some crushed herb. A very long finish.
Ideal with vegetarian cuisine such as Goat's Cheese parcels or fresh seafood such as Fruits de Mer.
Bin No.: 1550
Country: New Zealand
Region: Marlborough South Island
Producer: Saint Clair Vineyards
Grape Varieties: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Status: Still, Vegetarian, Vegan
Allergens: contains sulphites
Dry/Sweet: 2 (1 is dry, 7 is very sweet)
abv: 13.0% Bottle size: 75cl
Saint Clair Pioneer Block 3 '43 Degrees' Sauvignon Blanc Vintage Cellars: £ Enjoy in the restaurant: £