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Saint Clair ‘Wairau Reserve’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017

02 January,2018

The Saint Clair Marlborough Sauvignon Blancs are among the best and most recognised of the country. The bold passionfruity and tropical fruited, thiol-expressive wines are rich and mouthfilling and enjoyed across the globe. The Saint Clair approach to making their flagship ‘Wairau Reserve’ Sauvignon Blanc is a little different to other producers. Rather than a consistent single vineyard bottling, or a blend of the best parcels in different proportions to make the most expressive or harmonious whole, the Saint Clair team generally bottle the wine from the best performing site available to them that vintage. So their top wine may vary in source each year. However, over recent years, Saint Clair have blended parcels from different sites to achieve an even better wine in the sum of its parts, which is tending to the second approach as mentioned above. For the challenging 2017 vintage, Saint Clair have used fruit from two Dillons Point sites, these with a track record of providing the top wines each year. I review the wine here. www.saintclair.co.nz

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Saint Clair ‘Wairau Reserve’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Marlborough

19+/20

Bright, very pale straw colour with suggestions of green hues, near colourless on the rim. This has a softly full and deeply concentrated nose with harmoniously melded aromas of passionfruit, fresh herbs, green capsicums and mouthwatering chalky minerals. This has a gentle piquancy along with building richness. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has softly fresh and finely concentrated flavours of passionfruit, blackcurrants, nuances of gooseberries, along with fresh herbs, green capsicums and chalky minerals. The palate is thirst quenching with very fine textures and balanced acid liveliness. The mouthfeel is integrated and beautifully balanced, and smooth flowing, carrying to an elegantly concentrated, sustained finish. This is a beautifully harmonious, smooth flowing, mouthwatering, elegantly concentrated Sauvignon Blanc with passionfruit, blackcurrant and gooseberry flavours with herb and mineral notes. Match with shellfish andserve with Pacific Rim fare over the next 2 years. A blend of fruit, 72% from the ‘Blackmore’ and 28% from the ‘Register’ vineyards, both in Dillons Point, cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 12.5% alc. and 5.7 g/L RS. 19.0+/20 Jan 2018 RRP $33.90

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