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Tasting Notes

Pale green.


Classic Sauvignon Blanc aromas of passionfruit and blackcurrant with a hint of oyster shell.


Luscious tropical fruit and crushed herb flavours combine with an elegant mineral character. The palate is intense and generous with a chalky texture and salty notes lingering on the finish.

Ageing Potential:

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

Winemaking and Viticulture

Stewart Maclennan


The juice was pressed off immediately following harvesting to minimize skin contact and juice deterioration. After settling, the juice was fermented using a selected yeast strain in stainless steel at cool temperatures to retain fruit flavour and freshness. This batch was selected as a Pioneer Block wine due to its power and intensity of flavour.


The fruit was sourced from a single vineyard owned by the Sowman family on the fertile, free-draining soils of the lower Wairau Valley. The fruit was carefully monitored during ripening and harvested in the cool of the evening at maximum flavour maturity and physiological ripeness. 

Block: 1

This vineyard site has proved to be the building block for some of Saint Clair’s finest wines. This is the vineyard where Saint Clair Family Estate first discovered the fruit to make their flagship Saint Clair Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc.


The site was previously part of the Wairau flood plain, which built up the deep free-draining soils.


Soils: Deep, fertile, free-draining soils.

Topography: Flat, approximately three metres above sea level.

Climate: Slightly cooler than most of the Marlborough Valley with a slower annual ripening period.

Regional Characteristics & Contribution to Uniqueness of Flavours:

The highly fertile soils of this vineyard have been built up over time by annual flooding and help to produce the intensity of flavour in the wine. The vineyard is now protected from flooding by a stopbank.

Wine Analysis
Wine Analysis:

Alcohol 12.5% v/v

Residual sugar 2.02g/L

Acidity 8.7g/L

pH 3.44

Food Match

Our Food Match Recommendation:

An ideal match with smoked salmon or green-lipped mussels.

Vegan friendly

Tasting Notes PDF
Click here to open the 2022 tasting notes as a PDF.
Previous Vintages Tasting Notes:

2021 2020 2019 | 2018 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014

Awards & Accolades

 Trophy, Revelation NZ  - Concours Mondial du Sauvignon, 2023 

Gold Medal - NZ International Wine Show, 2022

5 Stars - Cuisine Magazine #215, Dec 2022


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