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Saint Clair Pioneer Block 18 Snap Block Sauvignon Blanc

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Saint Clair has quickly garnered for themselves a reputation for producing truly great wines that are quintessential expressions of Marlborough. This is a single vineyard savvy of intensity that is lifted with grapefruit and citrus. The palate delivers an enormous tang of grapefruit and a tantalising mineral edge before a rush of clean yet precise acids on the finish. It deserves to be served with the freshest of seafood.

Winemaker's Notes

This vineyard was originally an apple orchard growing the Snap variety. The very fertile and free draining soils of this site produce extremely healthy vines. This vineyard produces fruit with intense blackcurrant and grapefruit flavours.

Appearance: Pale straw with a slight green hue.

Nose: A powerful bouquet of ripe grapefruit, passionfruit and blackcurrant.

Palate: A lovely rich, mouth-watering salty palate with passionfruit, citrus and a hint of white currant which lingers on the senses.

Food: Perfect on its own or well matched with salmon, mussels, or fresh vegetable dishes.

Cellaring: Drinking beautifully now and will be best enjoyed over the next two years.

Awards and Accolades

Gold - NZ International Wine Show 2013.

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Saint Clair Pioneer Block 18 Snap Block Sauvignon Blanc

Expert Reviews

Michael Cooper (2012 Vintage) says
Fleshy and full-bodied, ripe style with tropical fruit flavours, showing excellent depth, lively acidity and a smooth, finely balanced finish.
Nick Stock (2011 Vintage) says
The Block 18 bottling has a striking green passionfruit and gooseberry fruit presence on the nose; some gentle nettle and herbal notes too. The palate is a supple and fleshy, quite round up front and finishing fine - lime and passionfruit here.
The Good Wine Guide
WINESTATE (2011 Vintage) says
Winestate Magazine, Mar/Apr
WINESTATE (2010 Vintage) says
Fleshy, finely balanced and intensely varietal, with fresh, strong melon, citrus fruit and green capsicum flavours, showing excellent delicacy, ripeness and length.
WINESTATE Volume 34 (2011) 2011
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
A more savoury take on the theme, with a gently herbal side and a grassy side too. With plenty of tangy acid appeal, this has a stony resolve and a savoury finish with gentle grip.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
WINESTATE (2009 Vintage) says
Hugely powerful nose with a lifted, grassy, tropical bouquet. Amazing flavour intensity and length - tropical over grassy - with all elements seamlessly balanced.
Winestate 2009

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