Stewart Maclennan and Hamish Clark
This vineyard site has proved to be the building block 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 site was previously part of the Wairau flood plain, which built up the deep free-draining soils.
Soils: Deep, fertile, free-draining soils.
Topography: Flat, approximately three metres above sea level.
Climate: Slightly cooler than most of the Marlborough Valley with a slower annual ripening period.
Regional Characteristics & Contribution to Uniqueness of Flavours:
The highly fertile soils of this vineyard have been built up over time by annual flooding and help to produce the intensity of flavour in the wine. The vineyard is now protected from flooding by a stopbank.