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Saint Clair Pioneer Block 1 Foundation Sauvignon Blanc 2011

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Previously part of Wairau Flood Plain (which built up the deep free-draining soils).This is the vineyard where Saint Clair discovered the fruit to make the now world famous Wairau Reserve. The fruit was sourced from a single vineyard owned by the Sowman family on the fertile, free-draining soils of the lower Wairau Valley. The fruit was carefully monitored during ripening and harvested in the cool of the evening at maximum flavour maturity and physiological ripeness. Vintage: 2009 Grapes: 100% Sauvignon Blanc Wine Maker: Matt Thomson Aroma: Powerful and intense aromas of passionfruit, blackcurrant, hints of grapefruit and an underlying mineral note. Palate: This is an intense Sauvignon Blanc with a powerful passionfruit and blackcurrant spectrum and an underlying mineral tone. The palate is intensely concentrated and full with a long, lingering finish. Serve: An ideal match with fresh Marlborough salmon or scallops with summer salad.

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Variety: Sauvignon Blanc
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Architect Neal Charles Jones and Saint Clair's Chief Winemaker, Matt Thomson, combined their extensive experience to design Saint Clair Estate's new state of the art winery. Built for production from the 2006 harvest, the new winery is capable of crushing 300 tonnes of fruit per day. It features state of the art equipment including high-tec refrigeration control and monitoring software to furth... Read more
Architect Neal Charles Jones and Saint Clair's Chief Winemaker, Matt Thomson, combined their extensive experience to design Saint Clair Estate's new state of the art winery. Built for production from the 2006 harvest, the new winery is capable of crushing 300 tonnes of fruit per day. It features state of the art equipment including high-tec refrigeration control and monitoring software to further enhance the quality of Saint Clair award-winning wines. The major investment decision to develop Saint Clair's own winery facility is fueled by continued sales growth to 180,000 cases in 2005 and strong forward growth projections, particularly for the Saint Clair's award-winning Marlborough Sauvignon Blancs. The Riverland's Estate location was chosen as an ideal position for the new winery due to its central location, proximity to Saint Clair's main vineyards, and where there are adjoining facilities for bottling, storage, dispatch, power and effluent discharge. The winery boasts a large temperature controlled barrel hall for storage of up to 650 oak barriques. This new production facility aims to be extremely functional and will continue to be developed to meet the specific needs for Saint Clair's quality wine production. Saint Clair's Chief Winemaker, Matt Thomson, believes the new winery will further enhance the existing prestige quality record of the Saint Clair brand. Read less

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Snooth User: vino in love
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5.00 5
02/17/2013

In the glass, the wine had a light pale yellow color. 13% was the label listed ABV. The bouquet was mind-blowing! Very intense aromas of passionfruit, a bit of blackcurrant, hints of elderflower as well as a some minerals. The passionfruit was incredible. I do not think that I have had a similar nose on a white wine before. After taking a sip, I noticed tropical fruits (including mango and once again passionfruit). The palate was quite similar to the bouquet. There was also a slight mineral touch. The finish was persistently long with lots of passionfruit. Pioneer Block 1 Foundation Sauvignon Blanc was simply perfect. Tasting notes from Vino in Love: http://www.vinoinlove.com


External Reviews for Saint Clair Pioneer Block 1 Foundation Sauvignon Blanc

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Source: Great Wines Direct
11/08/2010

Previously part of Wairau Flood Plain (which built up the deep free-draining soils).This is the vineyard where Saint Clair discovered the fruit to make the now world famous Wairau Reserve. The fruit was sourced from a single vineyard owned by the Sowman family on the fertile, free-draining soils of the lower Wairau Valley. The fruit was carefully monitored during ripening and harvested in the cool of the evening at maximum flavour maturity and physiological ripeness. Vintage: 2009 Grapes: 100% Sauvignon Blanc Wine Maker: Matt Thomson Aroma: Powerful and intense aromas of passionfruit, blackcurrant, hints of grapefruit and an underlying mineral note. Palate: This is an intense Sauvignon Blanc with a powerful passionfruit and blackcurrant spectrum and an underlying mineral tone. The palate is intensely concentrated and full with a long, lingering finish. Serve: An ideal match with fresh Marlborough salmon or scallops with summer salad.



Previously part of Wairau Flood Plain (which built up the deep free-draining soils).This is the vineyard where Saint Clair discovered the fruit to make the now world famous Wairau Reserve. The fruit was sourced from a single vineyard owned by the Sowman family on the fertile, free-draining soils of the lower Wairau Valley. The fruit was carefully monitored during ripening and harvested in the cool of the evening at maximum flavour maturity and physiological ripeness. Vintage: 2009 Grapes: 100% Sauvignon Blanc Wine Maker: Matt Thomson Aroma: Powerful and intense aromas of passionfruit, blackcurrant, hints of grapefruit and an underlying mineral note. Palate: This is an intense Sauvignon Blanc with a powerful passionfruit and blackcurrant spectrum and an underlying mineral tone. The palate is intensely concentrated and full with a long, lingering finish. Serve: An ideal match with fresh Marlborough salmon or scallops with summer salad.

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