Exceptionally expressive and intense with an infusion of ripe passionfruit,
blackcurrant leaf and crushed fresh thyme.
Opulent and complex with concentrated layers of bright citrus and tropical fruit. The palate is crisp and full, with a salty mineral texture and a lingering finish.
Drinking beautifully now and will be at its best over the next three years.
Stewart Maclennan and Hamish Clark
The juice was pressed off immediately to minimize 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 2020 vintage and therefore bottled as the Saint Clair Wairau Reserve.
Proximity to the ocean sees stronger maritime influences on the vineyards
in the lower Wairau Valley where the 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.
Alcohol 13% v/v
Residual sugar 2.4g/L
Our Food Match Recommendation:
An exceptional food wine which will match beautifully with freshly shucked oysters or mussels.
TROPHY - Marlborough Wine Show 2020
5 STARS Top 2 - Cuisine #203 2020
GOLD MEDAL - Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2021
GOLD Medal - NZ International Wine Show 2020
GOLD Medal - Marlborough Wine Show 2020
95/100 - The real review 26 FEB 2021