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So far, the 2011s show plenty of promise and some pretty terrific wines and values. At the top of the list, not surprisingly, is Saint Clair. Saint Clair winemaker Matt Thomson is passionate about Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, and he's exploring the region in depth with the Pioneer Block series, which focuses on select parcels and vineyard sites. I like those wines very much but the reserve bottling is truly the standout - aromatic and elegant, and wonderfully delicious.
Saint Clair 2009 Vintage
A deliciously crisp and intense wine showing flavours of passionfruit and blackcurrant with underlying gooseberry tones.
Colour:Pale straw with green hues.
Aroma:Intense and powerful aromas of black currant, white currant, passionfruit, grapefruit and gooseberry leap out of the glass.
Palate:A full, crisp and powerful wine with intense flavours of passionfruit
and blackcurrant, with underlying gooseberry tones. Mouth-watering
acidity and an intense minerality are balanced by a full yet elegant palate that leads to a long lingering finish.
Ageing potential:Perfect for drinking immediately this wine will be at its best over the next one to two years.
Winemaking:Fruit for this wine was sourced from a variety of vineyards and sub-regions, predominantly the lower and central Wairau Valley. Each vineyard block was monitored carefully and harvested when it had reached maximum flavour maturity and physiological ripeness. Every load of grapes was transported to the winery with haste and pressed off immediately to minimise skin contact and juice deterioration. After settling, the juice from each batch was fermented using a variety of selected yeast in 100% stainless steel at cool temperatures to retain fruit flavour and freshness. Each batch was assessed for quality and then only the best components were selected for their potential to add to the overall quality and complexity of the Saint Clair Marlborough blend. Once blended
the resulting wine was then carefully prepared for bottling.
Alcohol: 13% v/v, Titratable Acidity: 8.0g/litre, Residual Sugar: 3.1g/litre, pH: 3.46.
Food match:This wine is an ideal match with antipasto, grilled seasonal vegetables or fresh seafood.
- Trophy Champion White Wine, India Wine Challenge 2010
- Trophy Champion Sauvignon Blanc, Christchurch Casino Sauvignon Blanc Charity Award 2009
- Gold, India Wine Challenge 2010
- Gold, Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2010
- Gold, Christchurch Casino Sauvignon Blanc Charity Award 2009
- 5 Stars – Top in Category, Winestate Magazine Special Edition 2009
- 90 points, Wine & Spirits Magazine USA - Issue Feb 2011