Saint Clair Wairau Reserve Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014
The Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc has to be my wifes all time favourite wine. Everytime I am in trouble I produce a bottle of this Kiwi nectar and all is forgiven. This delicious white wine is an amazing concoction of the most sublime fruit characters that New Zealand Sauvignon can produce. You will be teased by lychees, tantalised by passion fruit, seduced by grapefruit and a myriad of other nuances. This isn't one of the fruit bombs that overpower the palate, this is a wine you will want to drink again and again and savour.
Each year the winemaking team at Saint Clair, lead by Matt Thomson get together and have their tasting of all the different blocks fruit. Only the very finest fruit makes it into the Wairau Reserve and sometimes the wine can be a blend from different growing blocks. This extreme attention to detail makes this Sauvignon Blanc one of the most awarded wines in the New Zealand wine world.
The pale straw colour of this Sauvignon Blanc could easily be mistaken for gold when you taste it’s richness of flavour. Despite the light colour the flavours are a heady mix of blackcurrent and passionfruit, and the ocean view this vineyard experiences gives the wine a salty minerality. Cool nights give way to warm days and this vine matures well as a result. Hungry for nutrients the vines are nourished in rich soils once fed by flood waters. With it’s proximity to the ocean this wine is best served with oysters or pan fried white fish.
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. Wairau Reserve Sauvignon continues to lead the way when it comes to awards for best Sauvignon Blanc.
The grapes are sourced from the lower wairau vineyards. Here the proximity to the sea means that the night temperature is cooler than the upper wairau, promoting longer hang time and flavour development. The nutrient rich silty soils here also promote concentrated flavours in the grapes.
Fertile, deep silt soils.
The fruit was pressed off as quickly as possible to minimise skin contact and juice deterioration following harvesting. After settling the juice was fermented using selected yeast in 100 per cent stainless steel at cool temperatures to retain fruit flavour and freshness. This batch was selected as the Wairau Reserve wine due to its power and intensity of flavour.
The Saint Clair Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc is full and rich with firm, well-balanced acidity. This wine has powerful passion fruit, blackcurrant and grapefruit. A mineral component adds complexity and depth to a long lingering finish.
Every day serving suggestion:
Ideally matched with oysters, scallops, salmon or pan fried fish.
Grapes - 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Vegetarian/Vegan - Yes/Yes
Milk/Eggs - No/No
Contains Sulphites - Yes
Organic/Biodynamic - No/No
ABV% - 13%