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Saint Clair Pioneer Block 3 43 Degrees Sauvignon Blanc

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This single vineyard savvy from Saint Clair takes it's name from the vines that are planted at a 43 degree angle. It shows atypical passionfruit and herbaceous notes on the nose, whilst the palate is bright and frisky with tropical fruit flavours, lemony acidity, and a refreshing finish. The ideal salt and pepper squid wine.

Winemaker's Notes

Rows are planted north-east to south-west at a 43 degree angle rather than the typical north to south. This leads to slightly greener characters in grapes on the south facing side and more tropical characters in grapes on the north facing side. The resulting wine is therefore multi-dimensional and complex. The site is cooler to some other areas of the valley and hence slower to ripen. The distinguishing flavours are crushed herbs (often associated with coastal Awatere) and an absence of sweaty characteristics.


Appearance: Pale straw with a slight green hue.

Nose: The effect of the 43 degree angle of these vines is evident in the lovely contrast of tropical fruits and herbaceous aromas. Pink grapefruit and melon combine with snow pea and fresh green vegetables.

Palate: Passionfruit, melon and citrus with underlying fresh herb notes and a hint of flint.

Food: A perfect companion for seafood, this wine also complements fresh vegetarian cuisine.

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

Alcohol: 13.0%

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Saint Clair Pioneer Block 3 43 Degrees Sauvignon Blanc

Expert Reviews

Michael Cooper (2012 Vintage) says
Mouthfilling, punchy medley of tropical fruit and herbaceous flavours, showing excellent vibrancy, and silver of sweetness (5g/litre of residual sugar) to balance its racy acidity. Delicious now.
March/April
WINESTATE (2011 Vintage) says
Winestate Magazine, Mar/Apr
WINESTATE (2010 Vintage) says
Some nice pungency to the nose, with floral elements. Fleshy melon palate with some residual sugar and some development showing. Popular style.
Winestate magazine 2010
Michael Cooper (2010 Vintage) says
This Marlborough wine is grown in the lower Wairau Valley, at a site with rows 'running at an unusual angle of 43 degrees north-east to south-west', which gives 'a slightly more herbaceous Sauvignon Blanc'. The 2010 vintage is mouthfilling and sweet-fruited, with vibrant gooseberry and lime flavours, slightly spicy, very rich and harmonious.
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
WINESTATE (2009 Vintage) says
Well-put-together wine with up-front aromas and vibrant flavours on the sweet palate.
Winestate 2009
Michael Cooper (2009 Vintage) says
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Michael Cooper (2007 Vintage) says
This Marlborough wine is grown in the lower Wairau Valley, at a site with rows 'running at an unusual angle of 43 degrees north-east to south-west', which gives 'a slightly more herbaceous Sauvignon Blanc'. The 2006 vintage is punchy, with vibrant tropical-fruit and herbaceous flavours, rich, racy and long. The 2007 is fresh and herbaceous, with punchy gooseberry and green-capsicum flavours and a crisp, dry (3.5 grams/litre of residual sugar) finish.
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Michael Cooper (2006 Vintage) says
This Marlborough wine is grown in the lower Wairau Valley, at a site with rows 'running at an unusual angle of 43 degrees north-east to south-west', which gives 'a slightly more herbaceous Sauvignon Blanc'. The 2006 vintage is punchy, with vibrant tropical-fruit and herbaceous flavours, rich, racy and long. The 2007 is fresh and herbaceous, with punchy gooseberry and green-capsicum flavours and a crisp, dry (3.5 grams/litre of residual sugar) finish.
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Michael Cooper (2005 Vintage) says
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines

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