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2016 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.

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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
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.
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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
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
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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
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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

winemaker's notes

Intense grapefruit and blackcurrant bud aromas with a rich, salty mineral palate.

Colour: Pale straw.

Aroma: Intensely fragrant with grapefruit, blackcurrant bud and gooseberry with notes of salt and flint.

Palate: Rich and salty with passionfruit, blackcurrant and crushed mineral with a long lingering finish.

Winemaking: The juice was pressed off immediately to minimise skin contact and juice deterioration following harvesting. After settling the juice was fermented in stainless steel using a selected yeast strain. The fermentation was carried out at cool temperatures to retain varietal characters and freshness. This parcel was identified by our winemaking team during comprehensive blind tastings as the very best batch of wine produced for the 2016 vintage and therefore bottled as the Saint Clair Wairau Reserve.

Viticulture: Proximity to the ocean sees stronger maritime influences on the vineyards in the lower Wairau Valley where fruit for the Saint Clair Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc was grown. The daytime temperatures are warm, facilitating ripening, while the night temperatures are typically cooler than the central and upper parts of the Wairau Valley. This promotes increased hang time and flavour development. Nutrient rich soils deposited over time due to non-erosive flooding (prior to stop bank flood protection being introduced) have formed even and fertile sites. The nutrient hungry Sauvignon Blanc vines utilise this fertility to produce extremely concentrated flavours and aromas.

Food Match: An exceptional food wine which will match beautifully with freshly shucked oysters or mussels.

Ageing Potential: Drinking beautifully now and will be at its best over the next three years.

Alc/vol: 13.0%

Awards:
NZ International Wine Awards 2016 - Gold medal

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