This is Saint Clair's flagship variety and accounts for over 60% of sales. Saint Clair's aim is to be the best producer of this variety in New Zealand and results over the last two to three vintages would arguably indicate this aim is being achieved on a consistent basis.
Neal and Judy Ibbotson were pioneers in the Marlborough wine industry, first planting vineyards in the valley's unique climate and soils in 1978 and then establishing Saint Clair Estate in 1994.
Premium quality grapes, produced from vines that are now fully mature, combined with the proven experience of winemaker Matt Thomson, produce elegant, world class wines.
This is an outstanding alternative to Cloudy Bay, regarded as having a smoother, fruitier edge.
Grapes: 100% Sauvignon Blanc '43 Degrees' Vineyard
Region: New Zealand / Marlborough / Lower Wairau area, east of Blenheim.
Maker: Matt Thompson.
Notes: Pale straw with a powerful and intense aroma and palate of crushed herbs, blackcurrant buds, passionfruit and gooseberry. It is distinctively Marlborough with a wonderfully full and rich palate with striking minerality leading to a long, lasting finish. It is the crushed herb flavours that is a point of difference for this wine.
Serve: An ideal match with vegetarian cuisine or fresh seafood with summer salads.
Suitable for Vegetarians