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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 delicious wine with crisp fruit flavours of passionfruit, gooseberry and grapefruit.
Aroma:A lifted nose showing aromas of gooseberry, grapefruit and passionfruit with refreshing underlying herbal notes.
Palate:A delicious wine with crisp fruit flavours of passionfruit, grapefruit and gooseberry. A pleasing mineral note leads to a long lingering finish.
Ageing potential:Perfect for drinking immediately, this Sauvignon Blanc will be at its best over the next 12 months.
Winemaking:The fruit for this wine was sourced from several vineyards within different sub regions throughout Marlborough. The most significant portion has come from the prestigious lower Wairau area, renowned for its concentration of aroma and fruit, with the balance coming from the classic Rapaura area. The fruit was carefully monitored throughout maturity and the harvested once it had reached optimum f lavour development and ripeness. Transported to the winery with haste and pressed off with minimal skin contact, the resulting juice was cool fermented in stainless steel to retain freshness and zing.
Alcohol: 13% v/v, Titratable Acidity: 7.4g/litre, Residual Sugar: 4.0g/litre, pH: 3.46.
Food match:Enjoy it on its own or with seafood or chicken served with grilled vegetables or fresh salad.
- 4 ½ Stars, Winestate Magazine Special Edition 2009
- 90 points, Wine Spectator 2010