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Tasting Notes

Pale green.


Intense aromas of grapefruit, crushed herbs and blackcurrant bud with an aromatic green nettle thread.


Pure and focused with generous layers of passionfruit, crushed herb and mineral notes. A rich, salty palate displaying impressive weight and texture and a long lingering finish.

Ageing potential:

Drinking beautifully now and will be at its best over the next three years.

Winemaking and Viticulture

Stewart Maclennan


The juice was pressed off immediately to minimize skin contact 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 2023 vintage and therefore bottled as the Saint Clair Wairau Reserve.


Proximity to the ocean sees stronger maritime influences on the single vineyard in the lower Wairau Valley where 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.

Wine Analysis
Wine Analysis:

Alcohol 12.5% v/v 

Residual sugar 2.94g/L 

Acidity 7.4g/L

pH 3.47

Food Match
Our Food Match Recommendation:

An exceptional food friendly wine which will match beautifully with freshly shucked oysters or steamed mussels.

Vegan Friendly 

Tasting Notes PDF
Click here to open the 2023 tasting notes as a PDF.
Previous Vintages Tasting Notes:

2022 |  202120202019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014

Awards & Accolades

Gold Medal - New Zealand International Wine Show, 2023

Gold Medal - National Wine Awards of Aotearoa New Zealand, 2023

 5 Stars - Michael Coopers Buyers guide, 2023 "Marlborough's largest family-owned wine producer has an extensive array of Sauvignon Blancs. This is not the region's most complex Savvy, but in terms of sheer pungency, it's a star, having won countless gold medals and trophies since the first, 2001 vintage. Grown in the cooler, coastal end of the Wairau Valley and handled entirely in stainless steel tanks, it is typically super-charged, in an exuberantly fruity, very pure and zesty style. The light lemon/green 2023 vintage (5*), grown at a single site at Dillons Point, is intensely varietal. Medium to full-bodied, it is penetrating and finely poised, with vigorous passionfruit and green capsicum flavours, a hint of saltiness, and a crisp, dry, lingering finish."

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