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Saint Clair ‘Wairau Reserve’ Sauvignon Blanc 2018

31 December,2018

The Saint Clair ‘Wairau Reserve’ Sauvignon Blanc is Saint Clair’s flagship wine and one of the best Marlborough Sauvignon Blancs. It is consistently and unashamedly fully-expressive of the thiol passionfruity flavours which have been seen as controversial in the past, as they are associated with reductive characters, but there is no denying the market’s acceptance of the style both domestically and internationally. The Saint Clair winemaking team led by Hamish Clark and Stewart Maclennan go through a strict selection process each year for the ‘Wairau Reserve’ wine. Often it is a blend of parcels and vineyards, and often it can be the produce of a single vineyard. So interestingly the wine can vary in its source, rather than reflect a single site. Here, I review the 2018 Saint Clair ‘Wairau Reserve’ Sauvignon Blanc, one of the more elegant and refined vintages I have seen, but no less fine in quality. www.saintclair.co.nz 


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Saint Clair ‘Wairau Reserve’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Marlborough

19+/20

Bright, pale straw-yellow colour with a little depth, lighter on the rim. The nose is tightly concentrated with finely bound aromas of pungent passionfruit with fresh blackcurrant notes and sweetly ripe tropical fruits, fresh herbs and subtle notes of mouthwatering minerals. The aromatics show elegance and detail. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has a concentrated core of pungent passionfruit melded with ripe tropical fruits and blackcurrant leaf, along with sweetly fresh herb notes and some thist-quenching minerals. The fruit is rich and succulent, and balanced by very fine phenolic textures, and the palate enlivened by fresh, lacy acidity. The flavours carry to an elegant, long and sustained finish. This is an elegantly concentrated and taut Sauvignon Blanc with rich and intense flavours of passionfruit, tropical fruits, blackcurrants and herbs, with subtle mineral nuances on a vibrant, refined palate. Serve with Pacific Rim fare over the next 2+ years. Fruit from the lower Wairau, cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 12.5% alc. and 2.3 g/L RS. 19.0+/20 Dec 2018 RRP $33.90

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