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Saint Clair - Origin Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Information

  • Country: New Zealand
  • Wine Region: Marlborough
  • Wine Maker: Hamish Clark & Stewart Maclennan
  • Grape: Sauvignon Blanc
  • Grape Percentage: 100%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 13%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Food Matching

Food Matching

A beautiful match with fresh seafood.

Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 89 (2016) VS: 87 (2011) JR: 15.5 (2016) WS: 89 (2016) WE: 90 (2017) WF: 88 (2017) MC: 4.5 Stars (2016) RC: 17.5 (2017) Misc: 4 Stars (2017)

Wine tasting notes

This pale straw-coloured wine has tropical aromas of passionfruit and guava, with some blackcurrant combining with nettle and subtle chalky mineral notes. These come through on the rich, full palate leading to a long mineral finish.

Winery Information

Saint Clair

Saint Clair is owned by viticulture pioneers Neal and Judy Ibbotson who planted their first vines in 1978. They originally supplied their grapes to local wineries, but established the Saint Clair Family Wine Estate in 1994 to produce their own wines. The Saint Clair name originated from the vineyard property – first settled by the Sinclair family. Sinclair is a derivation of the original French Saint-Clair. They own 160 hectares of vineyards in 10 different Marlborough locations.. read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2016)89 pts

Dec 2016 - Lisa Perrotti-Brown - The 2016 Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough has notes of fresh apples, peaches and pears with hints of coriander seed and dried herbs. The light to medium-bodied palate lends a lively backbone and pleasant anise and exotic spice notes to the long finish.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2011)87 pts

Sep/Oct 11. By Stephen Tanzer. Aromas of stone fruits, ginger and dusty stone. Supple and easygoing, showing modest nuance but good citric cut. Well made but I wanted a bit more intensity and complexity.

JancisRobinson.com (2016)15.5 pts

Grapefruit and light notes of passionfruit. Dry and stony on the palate, a bit lean overall. Not sure ‘premium’ is appropriate here, though it is well sustained. A little bit tart on the finish. (JH)

Wine Spectator (2016)89 pts

Juicy lime, green papaya and fresh-cut grass notes are intense and expressive, with a mouthwatering finish. Drink now

Wine Enthusiast (2017)90 pts

This wine flexes its muscles in a totally lovable way, offering up a heady mélange of pineapple, grapefruit, fresh bell peppers, grass and some salty sea air. The acidity is crisp and zingy, balanced by a slightly slippery texture and finishing on a pleasing grapefruit note.

Wine Front (2017)88 pts

Fragrant with snow pea, lime juice, grapey notes, passionfruit. The palate is tight, lean and yet there is a compelling refreshment factor here. Very zesty, orientated to citrus flavours, finishes chalky. It’s a leaner style done pretty well.

Michael Cooper (2016)4.5 stars

In top years, this label is a great buy. The 2015 vintage (4.5*), from sites in the lower Wairau Valley, is mouthfilling, fresh and tightly structured, with punchy, vibrant, tropical fruit and herbaceous flavours, showing excellent purity and depth, slightly 'salty' notes and a long, dry (3 grams/litre residual sugar) finish.

Raymond Chan (2017)17.5 pts

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

Miscellaneous (2017)4 stars

Palate Press 90pts - Saint Clair estate was one of the first to show the world what New Zealand can do with sauvignon blanc, decades ago. This wine is so classically New Zealand you can almost taste it even before you open the bottle – which is done with a screwcap, to make it easy. Minerality is woven through aromas of sweet, grassy herbs and pungent boxwood, and these are the flavors found on the palate too. The acidity appears more delicate on the end-palate and in the finish, which could be the result of its combination with the wine’s minerality.

Vinification Notes

Made from 100% Sauvignon Blanc sourced from a selection of vineyards predominantly from the lower Wairau sub-region of Marlborough, planted on alluvial silt soils, which they regard as their best area for this variety as it produces wines with heightened expression. Each block was harvested at optimum flavour maturity and ripeness. The grapes were pressed immediately on arrival at the winery to minimise skin contact. Following cold settling the juice from each batch was fermented at cool temperatures in stainless steel using selected yeast strains. Each batch was assessed for quality and only the best components were selected for this premium blend.