Saint Clair ‘Pioneer Block 3 – 43 Degrees’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2010

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 14-Feb-2011
This was awarded Champion Sauvignon Blanc Trophy at the 2010 N.Z. International Aromatic Wine Competition. The fruit for this wine comes from the lower Wairau Valley, and the wine named for the unusual row orientation of 43 degrees lying north-east to south-west. This contributes to the wine's distinctive style which has its fruit aromas and flavours exhibit a cooler, herbal character. This 2010, pale straw in colour, remains forthright and punchy on the nose, with ripe passionfruit notes intermingling with clear-cut herb elements. The palate is powerful and up-front, with raw power and depth, showing the 13.5% alc. and dry 3.8 g/L rs. The depth of flavour is impressive and there is real cut. The acidity is bracing, and adds to the tension and dynamic mouthfeel. Though not as pungent and ‘sweaty' as its Block 1 and 6 stablemates, it is as much a statement wine. 19.0-/20 Nov 2010 RRP$23.50

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