Full, impressions of stone fruit and grapefruit, oak wood, long finish.
Delicious with seafood, creamy sauces, mild curry dishes and pasta.
Separate fermentation of the fruit of different vineyards.Fifty percent of the wine undergoes fermentation in French oak barrels.
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For eight months in a combination of French and American oak barrels.
Pioneers in Marlborough were Neal and Judy Ibbotson who aanplantten their first vineyard in 1978. For a long time they sold their grapes to local wineries, but gradually developed a desire to make their own wine. If winemaker Kim Crawford was hired, one of the best winemakers in New Zealand. In 1994 the first "Saint Clair Estate" (named after the Sinclair family that the estate had first owned) wine under their own label in the market, with great success.
Today, Saint Clair Family Estate, as it is known officially (to make clear that it is a family business here, with father and mother Ibbotson, their two daughters, Sarina and Julie, and son Tony), more than 100 hectares of vineyard owned. They not only produce Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough characteristic, but a whole range of wines from different grape varieties.
The wines are produced in four different qualities, highest quality:
Reserve: these are the so-called "flagship wines", made from the finest fruit that comes from the vineyards. How strict selection is illustrated by the fact that all the Sauvignon Blanc being harvested, is intended only 1 percent of the Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc.
Pioneer Block: so-called "single vineyard wines" fruit which is distinguished by a particular character, typical of the vineyard from which it was harvested. About 2 percent of the grapes used for this series. Saint Clair is perhaps a big company, but in the cellars are numerous small presses and tanks that enable winemakers fruit individual wineries for vinification quickly and effectively, while maintaining its own unique character. They can each year the most successful wines bottling individually as "single vineyard" and at the same time to select the best wines for the Wairau Reserve.
Saint Clair Marlborough varietals: After the selection of the Wairau Reserve and the Pioneer Blocks has taken place, it is the turn to the heart of the series, the Saint Clair Marlborough series. Approximately 30 percent of the fruit is used for the production thereof.
The latest set is the Vicar's Choice, a series of inexpensive, easy drinking wines. Here, about 25% of the harvest is used for. The rest of the harvest does not come under the Saint Clair label on the market.
One of the men of the first hour is winemaker Matt Thomson, who is still very much involved in the production of wine for Saint Clair. He has an unorthodox way of working: if the harvest is coming, he is in the vineyard grapes taste. He paying attention to changing tastes of grapes, which are an ideal gauge for him the quality and maturity of the grapes. "Better than any analysis," he says. He knew early on that he wanted to be a winemaker: at nineteen. Besides a study biochemistry at the University of Otago was a member of numerous wine-tasting clubs. "Almost all my disposable income was spent on wine. It was experience, combined with a scientific training, more useful than a formal training as winemaker." From him comes the idea of placing small presses and tanks. "In a large press starts the first juice too oxidize when you're far from done with the pressing of your harvest. So you lose freshness and purity. Small-scale work is a lot easier when you're as big as we are!" He says it with a smile, but it is meant seriously. Characteristics:
Saint Clair has vineyards in five different districts in Marlborough. These are Doctor's Creek Vineyard, Awatere Valley Vineyard, Vineyard Rapaura, Omaka Vineyard and Ben Morven. Saint Clair Estate still selling grapes to local wineries, but only the grapes that they do not like themselves enough. Of the 100 hectare vineyard is now a range of wines made internationally is gaining more prominence. The avalanche of gold medals, the company has now earned the wines, is incalculable. The Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc has nine years in a row (from 2002) was awarded a gold medal. One of the judges once said, half-jokingly: "It would be nice if Saint Clair would not join in once, then someone else could even win a medal." And not just for Sauvignon Blanc, but also Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Riesling and Gewurztraminer.
Matt Thomson was appointed in 2008 to New Zealand Winemaker of the Year, and International White Winemaker of the Year. The latter, he was back in 2010! In that year, Saint Clair himself was named Winery of the Year ... The motto "A growing reputation" is more than fulfilled.
Air New Zealand Wine Awards, 2016: Silver
International Wine & Spirit Competition, 2016: Bronze