Saint Clair are noted for producing outstanding Sauvignon Blancs and the 2021 vintage has produced some quite special Sauvignons, including this Block 1. This vineyard site has proved to be the building block for some of Saint Clair’s finest wines. This is the vineyard where Saint Clair Family Estate first discovered the fruit to make their flagship Saint Clair Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc.
Winery notes (2021 Vintage)
"This vineyard site has proved to be the building block for some of Saint Clair’s finest wines. This is the vineyard where Saint Clair Family Estate first discovered the fruit to make their flagship Saint Clair Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc.
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.
Aromatic white currant and passionfruit with a hint of oyster shell. Luscious tropical fruit and fresh apple flavours combine with a wet stone purity. The palate is linear and focused with salty, mineral notes lingering on the finish."
5 Stars Michael Cooper (2021 Vintage)
"The 2021 vintage is a classic Dillons Point style. Grown in the lower Wairau Valley, it is intensely aromatic and full-bodied, with tropical fruit and herbaceous flavours, showing very impressive delicacy and depth, vaguely salty notes, and a dry (1.6 grams/litre of residual sugar), lengthy finish."
Reviews for the 2020 vintage below…
5 Stars & Number 1 Cuisine Sauvignon Blanc Tasting, December 2020 (2020 Vintage)
"Block 1 was once part of the Wairau flood plain in Marlborough; though the site is now protected thanks to a stopbank, the years of annual flooding have built highly fertile, deep, free-draining soils. The team at Saint Clair credit this with helping to produce intensity and flavour in the grapes grown here. They believe it to be the building block for some of their finest wines and there is no question that the proof of that calibre is reflected in our judges’ thoughts on this wine. Judge Jo Gear said, “This is the quality of Marlborough sauvignon blanc the world needs to see.” The excellence of senior winemakers Stewart Maclennan and Hamish Clark and the team at Saint Clair Family Estate has also been lauded by head judge Ben Glover. Ben praised their exceptional work in championing Marlborough sauvignon blanc through unique site selection and their skill in discovering a “vast array of aromas and flavours which they mould into some exceptional sauvignon blanc.”
This wine has vibrancy and poise intertwined with ripe blackcurrant, white-floral meadow hay and pungent but subtle passionfruit, all the while not forgetting the customary gooseberry which is present but not dominating, just sitting quietly in the mix. The length and complexity of the palate is jaw dropping. With wonderful savouriness, a dry, citrus-quenching, refreshing mouthful that lingers with remarkable tension and pop. This sauvignon quite simply has it all. Truly, the best of 2020."