Matt Thomson and Hamish Clark
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.
Soils: Free-draining mix of stones and lighter soils with some clay.
Climate: Typical southern valley climate of very warm days followed by cool nights.
Regional Characteristics & Contribution to Uniqueness of Flavours:
This is a warmer site with early budburst allowing a long ripening period well into late autumn. Hang time increases the intensity and ripeness of the characteristic Pinot Gris aromas and gives richness and weight to the palate.
The fruit was sourced from Rob and Heather Goulter’s vineyard in the southern Omaka Valley. Destined for a tardive style with no botrytis influence, the fruit was carefully monitored during ripening and harvested in the cool of the evening at maximum flavour maturity and physiological ripeness.