Saint Clair ‘Pioneer Block 21 – Bell Block’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 02-Oct-2011
The ‘Bell Block' is east of Blenheim, close to the town, and is named after owners Peter and Kath Campbell. It is a cooler site, the vines young with a strong canopy. Cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 13.0% alc. and 4.0 g/L rs. Bright, very pale straw-yellow colour with green hues and a pale edge. The bouquet is soft and gently presented with ethereal layers of ripe gooseberries, passionfruit and capsicums that develop and become voluminous. Dry on palate, subtle flavours of gooseberries, herbs and tropical fruits are lifted with aromatic esters and build in intensity becoming mouthfilling and rich, adding to the fulsome weight and presence. The lacy acidity provides a freshness and raciness that results in excellent brightness and tension. This is a subtle, flavour-building Sauvignon Blanc to serve with Thai, Vietnamese and Japanese cuisine over the next 2-3+ years. 18.5-/20 Oct 2011 RRP $25.50

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