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2015 Saint Clair Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc

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Made from fruit sourced from the Marlborough sub-region of the Wairau Valley, it is like the Saint Clair estate savvy turned up to eleven! Everything is amplified in this wine as it explodes with passionfruit, gooseberry and citrus smells. The palate is likewise showing compact tropical flavours, all supported by frisky acidity, a creamy mouthfeel, and a long, lingering, lip smacking finish. Seafood is the go with this wine.

Winemaker's Notes

Colour: Pale straw

Aroma: Intensely fragrant with passionfruit, blackcurrant bud and gooseberry with notes of tarragon and flint

Palate: Rich and salty with tropical fruit, combined with crushed mineral and wonderful length

Ageing potential: Drinking beautifully now and will be at its best over the next two years

Food match: An exceptional food wine which will match perfectly with freshly shucked oysters or mussels

Alc/vol: 13.5%

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2015 Saint Clair Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc

Expert Reviews

Bob Campbell MW (2016 Vintage) says
Intense and powerful Sauvignon Blanc, with a wonderfully creamy texture and lengthy finish. It thoroughly deserves its flagship status. A complex wine with ripe tree fruit, tropical fruit and capsicum flavours, together with a savoury mineral character.
2016 - 2022
96
Raymond Chan (2016 Vintage) says

19.5/20

Very pale straw colour with green hues, near colourless on the rim. The nose is very fine and intensely concentrated with penetrating aromas of pungent passionfruit entwined with fresh herbs, subtle notes of tropical fruits, laced with a line of gooseberries, blackcurrant leaf and mouthwatering chalky minerals. This has remarkable vitality and vibrancy. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is vibrantly poised, thirst-quenching and energised by acid cut, drive and tension. The fruit flavours are tightly bound and intensely concentrated with passionfruit, fresh dark herbs, blackcurrant leaves and chalky minerals. The fruit extraction is refined, lending very fine phenolic textures and are driven along a firm, taut and sustained finish. This is a refined, taut and tightly concentrated, vibrantly thirst-quenching Sauvignon Blanc with flavours of passionfruit, herbs, blackcurrant leaves and chalky minerals, phenolic finesse and great linearity. Match with seafood, salads and vegetables, and Pacific Rim fare over the next 2-3 years.

Michael Cooper (2012 Vintage) says
Punchy, with fresh, vibrant passionfruit and lime flavours, showing excellent intensity. Fleshy and finely balanced, with racy acidity.
March/April
Nick Stock (2011 Vintage) says
Fresh lime juice is the dominant character on the nose, along with the requisite passionfruit and mango notes. Vibrant and driven throughout the palate, with a lovely, lingering finish.
Now
Good Wine Guide
89
Rob Geddes MW (2011 Vintage) says
This site is in the heartland of the region and its produces wines with a sustained flavor wrapped in fine acidity deep middle palate good line and flavor detail in the acidity. Passion fruit pungency with a good raft of fruit silky texture and powerful finish in the 2011
2013
Rob Geddes MW
90
WINESTATE (2010 Vintage) says
Lovely lift of mint on the nose with tropicality coming forward on the oily palate.
WINESTATE Volume 34 - Special Edition 2011
Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
A selection based on a site with cool night-time temperatures, delivering a wine that's stamped with impressive intensity and precise fruit. Aromas and flavours are all in the bright gooseberry and green passionfruit spectrum, some lime juice too. Very much the essence of Marlborough sauvignon.
The Good Wine Guide 2012
93
Rob Geddes MW (2010 Vintage) says
This site is in the heartland of the region and its produces wines with a sustained flavor wrapped in fine acidity deep middle palate good line and flavor detail in the acidity. Passion fruit pungency with a good raft of fruit silky texture and powerful finish in the 2011
Rob Geddes MW
87
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
This has a solid and powerful style about it, with assertive green passionfruit aromas and a strong leafy side too. Plenty of juicy acid here, delivered in a fine, direct and precise fashion with great flavour and length to boot. Seriously good wine with focus and drive.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
92
Rob Geddes MW (2009 Vintage) says
This site is in the heartland of the region and its produces wines with a sustained flavor wrapped in fine acidity deep middle palate good line and flavor detail in the acidity. Passion fruit pungency with a good raft of fruit silky texture and powerful finish in the 2011
Rob Geddes MW
89
Michael Cooper (2004 Vintage) says
The 2001 and subsequent vintages have generally been exceptional, in a deliciously ripe and concentrated style, lush and rounded, that has enjoyed glowing success on the show circuit. Made from two parcels of grapes from the lower Wairau Valley, the 2004 is richly scented, weighty and concentrated, with citrus, passionfruit and lime flavours, fresh, underlying acidity and a long finish. Lush, vibrant and fruit-packed, it's a very user-friendly style, bound to unfold well during 2005.
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Michael Cooper (2003 Vintage) says
The 2001 to 2003 vintages are all exceptional, in a deliciously ripe and concentrated style, lush and rounded, that has enjoyed glowing success on the show circuit. Based on young, first-crop vines at Rapaura, on the north side of the Wairau Valley, the 2003 is fleshy and bold, with the 'sweaty armpit' aromas of super-ripe fruit and an explosion of melon, passion fruit and green capsicum flavours, deliciously smooth and rich.
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Michael Cooper (2002 Vintage) says
The 2001 and 2002 vintages are both exceptional. The deliciously soft 2001 is lush and intense, with pure, sweet fruit characters of passionfruit and lime and loads of personality. The irresistible 2002 is a single-vineyard wine from a relatively cool site east of Blenheim. Rich, super-ripe, 'sweaty armpit' aromas lead into a deep, lush palate with lovely weight, richness and roundness.
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Michael Cooper (2001 Vintage) says
The 2001 and 2002 vintages are both exceptional. The deliciously soft 2001 is lush and intense, with pure, sweet fruit characters of passionfruit and lime and loads of personality. The irresistible 2002 is a single-vineyard wine from a relatively cool site east of Blenheim. Rich, super-ripe, 'sweaty armpit' aromas lead into a deep, lush palate with lovely weight, richness and roundness.
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Michael Cooper (2000 Vintage) says
The 2001 and subsequent vintages have been exceptional, in a super-charged, deliciously ripe and concentrated style, lush and rounded, that has enjoyed glowing success on the show circuit, here and overseas. The vineyards vary from vintage to vintage, but all are at the cooler, lower end of the Wairau Valley. The wine is handled entirely in stainless steel tanks. In a vertical tasting of the 2000 to 2004 vintages, held in early 2005, the wines looked best in their first couple of years, while still fresh, zingy and exuberantly fruity. The 2006 is lush and lovely, with a heady fragrance of passionfruit, gooseberry and herbs. It's a very generous, fresh and punchy wine, immaculate, generously fruity and zingy. The 2007 vintage is very refined, with concentrated passionfruit/lime flavours woven with appetising acidity, a sliver of sweetness (5 grams/litre of residual sugar), and lovely freshness, poise and length.
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines

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