Tropical lifted aromas of melon and papaya with a hint oyster shell.
An elegant palate with luscious tropical fruit and vanilla notes. Seamless length with a chalky minerality, wet stone and a salty finish.
Will continue to improve and reward with careful cellaring over the next five year.
Stewart Maclennan and Hamish Clark
The fruit was hand-picked when it reached full physiological ripeness and maximum flavour maturity. At the winery the fruit was whole bunch pressed to ensure the best fruit flavours were preserved. After settling, the juice was inoculated with selected yeast strains. The wine was fermented in French and American oak barriques, 60 per cent of which was new oak. The wine then went through malolactic fermentation, followed by ten months ageing on yeast lees with regular stirring. The wine was then carefully blended, stabilised and prepared for bottling.
The fruit was sourced from a single vineyard on free-draining, river valley soils. This block is one of the earliest vineyard sites of Saint Clair to be harvested. The vines are Burgundian clone 95.
The Sawcut vineyard is located at the entrance to the limestone Sawcut Gorge, situated in the Ure Valley in the south of Marlborough.
The Ure Valley is an area of Marlborough, 50 km south of the township of Blenheim. It is a narrow valley floor, protected by hills on three sides and has very close proximity to the east coast. It has a unique microclimate, ideally suited to the production of top-quality wine.
Soils: Free draining, river valley, alluvial soils. This valley is noted for very high limestone content.
Topography: Flat, on a plateau within the narrow valley.
Climate: A relatively warm site despite being further south than most of Marlborough’s vineyards. It has a similar number of growing degree days as Blenheim.
Regional Characteristics & Contribution to Uniqueness of Flavours:
The high pH and limestone soils impact significantly on the flavour of this wine giving it palate weight and fruit intensity. It also contributes a mineral note on the palate.
Alcohol 13% v/v
Residual sugar 1.2g/litre
Our Food Match Recommendation:
Well matched with soft French goats cheese.
GOLD Medal - NZ International Wine Show 2020