Saint Clair 2013 ‘Bright Light’ Sauvignon Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc Rosé

07-Nov-2013

Lighter bodied and lower-alcohol styles of wines are slowly growing in popularity as today’s society is looking at healthy and fresher choices in consumption of food and beverages. To meet the demand, a number of wine producers are investigating the making of wines that are lower in alcohol and calories. Saint Clair has entered the arena with their ‘Vicar’s Choice’ tier of ‘Bright Light’ wines. They’ve taken the path of harvesting fruit from designated vineyards that reach good ripeness and flavour intensity at lower sugar levels. Fermentation for the wines is at low temperatures and stopped early to ensure the lighter style. The achieve attractive drinking wines using these methods, the balance of the componentry is crucial. Here, I review the 2013 ‘Bright Light’ Sauvignon Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc Rosé. They achieve lightness with clear varietal expression without excessive sweetness, and have no harsh phenolics. Well done Saint Clair! www.saintclair.co.nz


FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Saint Clair ‘Vicar’s Choice’ ‘Bright Light’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013
  • Saint Clair ‘Vicar’s Choice’ ‘Bright Light’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc Rosé 2013

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