Saint Clair Pioneer Block 18 Sauvignon Blanc
Neal and Judy Ibbotson were pioneers in the Marlborough wine industry, first planting vineyards in the valley in 1978 and then establishing Saint Clair Estate in 1994. They own 100 hectares of vineyards in six different Marlborough locations chosen specifically for the attributes of their individual locations and ability to produce top quality grapes. Neal Ibbotson combines his extensive viticultural expertise with the talent of one of New Zealand's leading winemaking teams, led by Matt Thomson and Hamish Clark . From 1994 when wines from the first vintage all won medals including gold, the name Saint Clair has been synonymous with quality and its award-winning record continues today.
Directly after harvesting the fruit was transported to the winery and pressed off immediately to minimise skin contact and juice deterioration. After settling, the juice from each batch was fermented using a variety of selected yeast in 100 per cent stainless steel at cool temperatures to retain fruit flavour and freshness. After ferment the wine was stabilised and prepared for bottling. This batch was selected as a Pioneer Block wine due to its power and intensity of flavour.
The fruit was sourced from the "Snap Block" single vineyard in the lower Wairau. The vineyard was originally an apple orchard growing "Snap" apples.
Intensely concentrated with fresh passionfruit and blackcurrant combined with a salty minerality.
Everyday Serving Suggestion
Ideal with vegetarian cuisine, fresh seafood or poultry.
Country / Region / Appellation
NZ / Marlborough / Marlborough