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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 2008 Vintage
This Riesling shows characters of citrus, limes and grapefruit on the palate that leads through to a smooth lingering finish.
Aroma:Fresh and lively citrus, mandarin and mineral notes, with subtle floral hints and a touch of honeysuckle.
Palate:This light-bodied Riesling shows distinct characters of citrus, limes and grapefruit on the palate. Supported by a slight mineral note, this wine has a nicely balanced acidity that leads through to a smooth lingering finish.
Ageing potential:Perfect for drinking immediately, this Riesling will continue to develop for the next two to three years.
Alcohol: 12.5% v/v, Titratable Acidity: 7.9 g/litre, Residual Sugar: 7.3g/litre, pH: 3.18.
Food match:An ideal wine with seafood, pork, lightly spiced Chinese or Thai cuisine.