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#2 Top ‘Wineries for Value’ 2012: New Zealand - Wine Spectator

“Saint Clair now makes the country’s and perhaps the world’s best Sauvignon Blanc. Saint Clair has won more top awards for Sauvignon Blanc in recent years than any of the three or four hundred other local producers.” - Bob Campbell, Master of Wine

 

The Wines:

Sauvignon Blanc   |   Pinot Noir

Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc

Pioneer Block 18 Sauvignon Blanc Snap Block

Pioneer Block 20 Sauvignon Blanc Cash Block

Pioneer Block 16 Pinot Noir Awatere

2009 Pioneer Block 4 Pinot Noir Saw Cut

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Sauvignon Blanc

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Saint Clair Family Estates Sauvignon Blanc

Saint Clair Family Estates Sauvignon Blanc 2014

DESCRIPTION: Flavors of passionfruit and blackcurrant leaf with a rich salty minerality Winemaking & Viticulture: Fruit was sourced from a selection of vineyards located in the Dillons Point and lower Wairau sub-regions. These are what Saint Clair regards as Marlborough’s best sub-regions, producing wines with heightened expression.

GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Sauvignon Blanc

FOOD PAIRINGS: Enjoy on its own or match with fresh seafood or a summer salad.

TASTING NOTES: Color: Pale straw with green hues. Aroma: Passionfruit and blackcurrant leaf with a floral lift. Palate: A rich palate with passionfruit and blackcurrant flavors and a salty minerality. This wine has a silky luscious texture and a long lingering finish.

Wine Advocate - 90 Points

Opening with notes of yuzu zest, lime juice and lemongrass plus subtle crushed stone and elderflower wafts, the 2014 Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough offers lovely balance and intensity of citrus, mineral and herb flavors, finishing with compelling layers.

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Pinot Noir

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Saint Clair Family Estates Pinot Noir

Saint Clair Family Estates Pinot Noir 2013

DESCRIPTION: Perfumed with layers of dark fruits, floral note, and a fine powdered structure. Winemaking: The fruit was sourced from a number of specifically chosen low cropping vineyards from the southern valleys of the Wairau Plain, including the Omaka Valley and the mouth of the Waihopai Valley. Each batch is held cold for five days prior to fermentation. When dry each batch was pressed to tank, settled and then racked off gross lees to either stainless steel tanks or a mixture of new and older seasoned French oak. The wine underwent 100 per cent malolactic fermentation before being blended and gently prepared for bottling.

GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Pinot Noir

FOOD PAIRINGS: Well matched with spring lamb. spring vegetables." - matchingfoodandwine.com

TASTING NOTES:Color: Dark Garnet. Aroma: Ripe blackcurrants and cherries with floral perfumed notes and spice. Palate: Concentrated and weighty with ripe black fruits of blackcurrant and a hint of blueberry. The acidity is fresh and balances the fine powdered structure complementing the fruit. Spice & fresh coffee is carried through the finish.

Wine Spectator - 90 Points

The 2014 Pinot Noir is creamy, with cola and clove details to the plum and wild blackberry core. Rich, fleshy tannins and a sarsaparilla note gain on the finish, accented by a touch of chai tea. Drink now through 2026. 2,000 cases made. –MW

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The Reserve wines

The Reserve wines are Saint Clair’s finest, representing the highest quality across seven wine styles. Grapes for the Reserve labels are specially selected and handcrafted by the winemaking team into wines of exceptional character and uncompromising quality.

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Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc

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Saint Clair Family Estates Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc

Saint Clair Family Estates Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2014

DESCRIPTION: Intense passionfruit, gooseberry and blackcurrant bud aromas with a rich, salty mineral palate. This parcel was identified by our winemaking team during comprehensive blind tastings as the very best batch of wine produced this vintage and therefore bottled as the Wairau Reserve. Proximity to the ocean sees stronger maritime influences on the vineyards in the lower Wairau Valley where fruit for the Saint Clair Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc was grown. The daytime temperatures are warm, facilitating ripening, while the night temperatures are typically cooler than the central and upper parts of the Wairau Valley. This promotes increased hang time and flavour development.

GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Sauvignon Blanc

FOOD PAIRINGS: An exceptional food wine that matches perfectly with fresh seafood.

TASTING NOTES: Colour: Pale straw. Aroma: Intensely fragrant with passionfruit, blackcurrant bud and gooseberry with notes of tarragon and flint. Palate: Rich and salty with tropical fruits, crushed minerals and wonderful length. Ageing: This wine is drinking beautifully now and will be at its best over the next two years.

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Saint Clair Pioneer Block

Saint Clair Pioneer Block wines are made from small parcels of outstanding fruit from specialist vineyard sites prized for their individual terroir characteristics.

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Pioneer Block 18 Sauvignon Blanc

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Saint Clair Family Estates Pioneer Block 18 Sauvignon Blanc

Saint Clair Family Estates Pioneer Block 18 Sauvignon Blanc 2013

This area is becoming increasingly recognized as producing some of Marlborough's, and arguably the worlds, best Sauvignon Blanc.

DESCRIPTION: This vineyard was originally an apple orchard growing the Snap variety. BLOCK: 18 Region: Lower Wairau, east of the Blenheim township. Terroir: Soils: Deep, fertile, even and free-draining soils. Topography: Even, flat site. Approximately three metres above sea level. Climate: Maritime – proximity to the sea means this is a cooler area, with a longer ripening season.

GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Sauvignon Blanc

FOOD PAIRINGS: Perfect on its own or well matched with salmon, mussels, or fresh vegetable dishes.

TASTING NOTES: Color: Pale straw with a slight green hue. Aroma: A powerful bouquet of ripe grapefruit, passionfruit and blackcurrant. Palate: A lovely rich, mouth-watering palate with passionfruit, citrus and a hint of white currant which lingers on the senses. Ageing: Drinking beautifully now and will be best enjoyed over the next two years.

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Pioneer Block 20 Sauvignon Blanc

BS-Pioneer-Block20-SB-14Cash Block has its name derived from its vineyard owners, Hayden and Kerry Register.

Saint Clair Family Estates Pioneer Block 20 Sauvignon Blanc

Saint Clair Family Estates Pioneer Block 20 Sauvignon Blanc 2014Cash Block has its name derived from its vineyard owners, Hayden and Kerry Register.

Viticulture: The fruit was sourced from a single vineyard owned by the Register family on the fertile, free-draining soils of the lower Wairau Valley. The fruit was carefully monitored during ripening and harvested in the cool of the evening at maximum flavour maturity and physiological ripeness.

Winemaking: The juice was pressed off immediately to minimise skin contact and juice deterioration following harvesting. After settling, the juice was fermented using carefully selected yeast in stainless steel at cool temperatures to retain fruit flavour and freshness. This batch was selected as a Pioneer Block wine due to its power and intensity of flavour.

GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Sauvignon Blanc

FOOD PAIRINGS: Perfect on its own or well matched with salmon, mussels, or fresh vegetable dishes.

TASTING NOTES: Color: Pale straw. Aroma: Blackcurrant bud and leaf characters combine with nettle, freshly cut green capsicum and a hint of salt. Palate: Juicy and mouthwatering with blackcurrant and grapefruit and a slight salty finish. Cellaring: The flavours will be at their best within two years from harvest.

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Pioneer Block 16 Pinot Noir Awatere Vineyard

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Saint Clair Family Estates Pioneer Block 16 Pinot Noir

Saint Clair Family Estates Pioneer Block 16 Pinot Noir 2012

The Awatere label is named after a north-facing hillside vineyard, overlooking the Awatere Valley. 25 kilometres south of Blenheim. Sloping clay soils provide the ideal low vigour required for the production of high-quality Pinot Noir.

DESCRIPTION: BLOCK: 16 Region: Southern Awatere Valley. Terroir: Soils: Wind-blown loess over clay. Topography: A gentle north facing slope. Climate: Slightly cooler than the Wairau Valley. Regional characteristics and contribution to uniqueness of flavors: The vines are planted closely together on a north facing slope on vigour moderating soils. A long ripening season provided ideal conditions for the development of concentrated flavours and ripe tannin.

GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Pinot Noir

FOOD PAIRINGS: Beautifully matched with rare venison steak, barbecued lamb rack or scotch fillet with mushrooms.

TASTING NOTES: Color: Dark garnet core with purple hues on the rim. Ageing: This is a complex wine which is perfect for drinking immediately. With careful cellaring this wine will continue to develop for the next five years. Aroma: Pretty aromatics with wild flowers, violets, ripe red cherry, black berries and lovely warm toasted coffee. Palate: Rich and concentrated with blackberries and ripe blackcurrant combine with an elegant tannin structure, balanced acidity and a rich toasty finish.

Wine Spectator - 93 Points

The 2014 is supple and creamy, with a fragrant white pepper note, fleshy plum and red raspberry flavors and wonderful details of fresh earth, truffle and crushed pine needle. Drink now through 2030.—M.W.

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L-PIONEER BLOCK PN4-09

Saint Clair Family Estates Pioneer Block 4 Saw Cut Pinot Noir 2009

BS-Pioneer-Block4-PN-09The Sawcut Vineyard is named after the Sawcut Gorge, located within the Ure Valley (Marlborough).

DESCRIPTION: The Ure Valley is about 40km south of Blenheim. The site is on a narrow valley floor protected by hills on three sides and is very close to the East coast. It has a unique micro climate and is ideally suited to the production of top quality wine.

GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Pinot Noir. The grapes harvested for this single vineyard wine are from Dijon clones 667 and 777 with a small amount of 115. Vine age: Average 9 years old.

FOOD PAIRINGS: An ideal match with roast poultry, full flavoured fish, spring lamb or barbequed beef.

TASTING NOTES: Colour: Bright ruby. Aroma: Lifted notes of dark cherries with hints of wild thyme and spicy oak. Palate: An elegant Pinot Noir with a well rounded full palate. Well balanced acidity and ripe tannins give way to luscious flavours of ripe dark cherry with spicy oak. Aging in French oak has lent warm savoury notes and a lifted spicy finish. Ageing: Perfect for drinking immediately this wine will continue to develop for at least another 5 years from vintage date.

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