Selected for the 2020 Fine Wines of New Zealand List
Gold Medal – New Zealand International Wine Show 2020
Gold Medal – Marlborough Wine Show 2020
Gold Medal – Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2021
5 Stars & Number 2 Cuisine Sauvignon Blanc Tasting, December 2020
The Saint Clair ‘Wairau Reserve’ Sauvignon Blanc is Saint Clair’s flagship wine and is long considered one of the very best Marlborough Sauvignon Blancs. There's no doubting the Saint Clair style here, it's pungent and intense, oh so generous in aroma and flavour yet it has a refinement, an elegance from the slightly saline mineral characters that help drive the incredible length.
Winery notes (2020 Vintage)
"Exceptionally expressive and intense aromas with an infusion of ripe passionfruit, blackcurrant leaf and crushed fresh thyme. The palate is opulent and complex with concentrated layers of bright citrus and tropical fruit. The palate is crisp and full, with a salty mineral texture and a lingering finish."
5 Stars & 95/100 Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review, March 2021 (2019 Vintage)
"Intense and strongly varietal sauvignon blanc with tree fruit, nectarine, citrus, lime, passionfruit, guava, capsicum and an attractive saline influence. A rich, seamless wine that consistently earns well-deserved top scores."
5 Stars & Number 2 Cuisine Sauvignon Blanc Tasting, December 2020 (2020 Vintage)
"Freshly cut limes, a dash of mint and a pinch of tomato leaf develop through the nose conjuring up visions of country roads lined with white clover. Thirst-quenching jucidity – a word Ben Glover has created to describe the heavenly cocktail of acid and juiciness – is omnipresent in this wine complete with balance, length and power."
Reviews for previous vintages below…
5 Stars Michael Cooper (2018 Vintage)
"Marlborough's largest family-owned wine producer has an extensive array of Sauvignon Blancs. This is not the region's most complex Savvy, but in terms of sheer pungency, it's a star, having won countless gold medals and trophies since the first, 2001 vintage. Grown in the cooler, coastal end of the Wairau Valley and handled entirely in stainless steel tanks, it is typically super-charged, in an exuberantly fruity, very pure and zesty style. The 2018 vintage is a single-vineyard wine, grown at Dillons Point. It has fresh, strong, herbaceous aromas and flavours, with pure, penetrating grapefruit and green-capsicum notes, a minerally streak and a long, dry (2.3 grams/litre of residual sugar) finish."
96/100 IWC 2019 (2018 Vintage)
"Some steely, passion fruit, lemon, verbena and spring pea. Spicy and zesty on the end."
18.5/20 Joelle Thomson, February 2019 (2018 Vintage)
"This is the top Sauvignon Blanc of Saint Clair Wines in Marlborough and it’s easy to taste that high quality in every fresh and flinty sip. Complex savoury flavours rein in the intense tastes of tropical fruit. It has a medium body and high but balanced acidity, which adds a long, refreshing, zingy finish. It’s easy to taste Marlborough’s hot summer days and cool nights in every glass of this vibrant white."