Stewart Maclennan & Hamish Clark
The Sawcut vineyard is located at the entrance to the limestone Sawcut Gorge, situated in the Ure Valley in the south of Marlborough.
Region: The Ure Valley is an area of Marlborough, 50 km south of the township of Blenheim. It is a narrow valley floor, protected by hills on three sides and has very close proximity to the east coast. It has a unique microclimate, ideally suited to the production of top-quality wine.
Soils: Free draining, river valley, alluvial soils. This valley is noted for very high limestone content.
Topography: Flat, on a plateau within the narrow valley.
Climate: A relatively warm site despite being further south than most of Marlborough’s vineyards. It has a similar number of growing degree days as Blenheim.
Regional Characteristics & Contribution to Uniqueness of Flavours:
The high pH and limestone soils impact significantly on the flavour of this wine giving it palate weight and fruit intensity. It also contributes a mineral note on the palate.
The fruit was sourced from a single vineyard on free-draining, river valley soils. This block is one of the earliest vineyard sites of Saint Clair to be harvested. The vines are Burgundian clone 95.