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Saint Clair Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2006

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Winemaker: Matt Thomson Colour: Pale straw Aroma: A lifted nose showing aromas of gooseberry, grapefruit and underlying herbal and passionfruit notes. Palate: A light-bodied, dry, crisp wine with classic Marlborough flavours of gooseberry, guava, nettles with a hint of honeysuckle and the fresh acidity of grapefruit. A slight mineral note leads to a long lingering finish. Ageing Potential: Perfect for drinking immediately, this Sauvignon Blanc will be at its best over the next 18 months. Winemaking: The fruit for this wine was sourced from several vineyards within different sub-regions throughout the Marlborough region including the classic Rapaura area and newer regions like Blind River in the Awatere Valley. The fruit was carefully monitored throughout maturity and harvest took place in the cool of the evening once the fruit had reached optimum flavour development and ripeness. Transported to the winery and pressed off with minimal skin contact, the resulting juice was cool fermented in stainless steel to retain freshness. Wine Analysis: Alcohol 13%, Titratable Acid 7.35g/litre, Residual Sugar 4.0g/litre, pH 3.43 Awards: Double Gold Medal - Best Sauvignon Blanc, San Francisco International Wine Competiton 2006 Gold Medal - Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2006 Silver Medals - NZ International Wine Show 2006 - New World Wine Awards 2006 Bronze - Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2007 4 Stars and Best Buy - Cuisine Magazine, January 2007 31/2 Stars - Winestate Marlborough Tasting 2007 View Awards Food Suggestions: Enjoy with grilled seasonal vegetables, salads or fresh fish.

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Saint Clair:
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

Member Reviews for Saint Clair Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough

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Snooth User: drdebs
6497900
4.00 5
03/16/2008

Very, very good. Pale almost translucent in color. Aromas of grapefruit, fresh cut grass, and a zing of lemon zest. Palate of citrus, with a grapefruity finish, and also herbal and mineral notes.


Snooth User: mulva
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0.00 5
10/08/2007

really nice, inexpensive sauvignon blanc. crisp and light, can be paired with anything.


Snooth User: NimaZ
4497265
5.00 5
07/08/2008

Five glasses


External Reviews for Saint Clair Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/13/2013

Generous, with outstanding depth to a fleshy wave of pink grapefruit, grass and mineral flavors. Lime-grapefruit acidity hones the lingering finish. Drink now. 50,000 cases made. -DS Wine Spectator. A Sauvignon Blanc wine from Marlborough in New Zealand. 2006 Saint Clair Sauvignon Blanc Vicars Choice 750ml


External Review
Source: Flaschenpost Weinservice GmbH
04/16/2009

Aromen von Passionsfrucht und Grapefruit. Klarer und frischer Abgang.



Winemaker: Matt Thomson Colour: Pale straw Aroma: A lifted nose showing aromas of gooseberry, grapefruit and underlying herbal and passionfruit notes. Palate: A light-bodied, dry, crisp wine with classic Marlborough flavours of gooseberry, guava, nettles with a hint of honeysuckle and the fresh acidity of grapefruit. A slight mineral note leads to a long lingering finish. Ageing Potential: Perfect for drinking immediately, this Sauvignon Blanc will be at its best over the next 18 months. Winemaking: The fruit for this wine was sourced from several vineyards within different sub-regions throughout the Marlborough region including the classic Rapaura area and newer regions like Blind River in the Awatere Valley. The fruit was carefully monitored throughout maturity and harvest took place in the cool of the evening once the fruit had reached optimum flavour development and ripeness. Transported to the winery and pressed off with minimal skin contact, the resulting juice was cool fermented in stainless steel to retain freshness. Wine Analysis: Alcohol 13%, Titratable Acid 7.35g/litre, Residual Sugar 4.0g/litre, pH 3.43 Awards: Double Gold Medal - Best Sauvignon Blanc, San Francisco International Wine Competiton 2006 Gold Medal - Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2006 Silver Medals - NZ International Wine Show 2006 - New World Wine Awards 2006 Bronze - Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2007 4 Stars and Best Buy - Cuisine Magazine, January 2007 31/2 Stars - Winestate Marlborough Tasting 2007 View Awards Food Suggestions: Enjoy with grilled seasonal vegetables, salads or fresh fish.

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