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Saint Clair ‘Origin’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017

21 November,2017

The ‘Saint Clair’ brand of the Ibbotson family is one of the most successful in Marlborough. A truly family-run business, the Ibbotsons are part of the fabric of farming and viticulture of the region, founders Neal and Judy planting grapes in 1978. While many of the wines have achieved significant and broad market penetration, it is the ‘Reserve’ and ‘Pioneer Block’ wines that critical consumers have their mind on, as they are wines of provenance, showing their specific origins. With this philosophy in mind, the ‘Origin’ series of wines have been introduced, these wines showing their regional origins. These wines sit above the ‘Premium’ tier, and under the ‘James Sinclair’ range. Here, I review the new 2017 ‘Origin’ Sauvignon Blanc.


Saint Clair ‘Origin’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Marlborough


Bright, very pale straw colour, near colourless on the rim. The nose is fresh and stylishly vibrant with aromas of passionfruit and tropical fruit entwined with fresh herb and cut grass notes. The aromatics are elegant with proportion and depth. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has fresh flavours of passionfruit, tropical fruits, herbs and nettles. The mouthfeel is moderately taut with good depth, and the fruit flows along a fine, dry, textural line, with softly bracing acidity. The wine carries to a light, but nuanced, lingering finish of passionfruit and cut grass. This is an elegantly proportioned Sauvignon Blanc with moderately taut flavours of passionfruit, herbs and cut grass, on a fine, dry-textured palate. Match with seafood and Pacific Rim fare over the next 2 years. Fruit from the lower Wairau, cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 12.5% alc. and 4.2 g/L RS. Winemakers: Hamish Clark and Stewart Maclennan. 17.5/20 Nov 2017 RRP $21.50

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