Saint Clair Sauvignon Blanc Wairau Reserve
The pale straw color of the Saint Clair Sauvignon Blanc Wairau Reserve offers an intense perfume of aromas that bring to mind a nice blend of black currant, grapefruit and passionfrut with an underlying hint of citrus. There is also a slight bit of a dried herbal essence, which some compare to thyme.
The wine initially offers a creamy, sweet mouthful that progresses into a long, lingering, lip-smacking goodness. The bouquet continues on the palate with full-bodied flavors matching the aroma. The sweetness of the fruits comes through nicely in this elegant wine, which also does not have an overpowering acidity, but presents more of a restrained and laid back quality. A slight after taste of mineral stays on the tongue and adds to the lingering mouth presence.
Serving Sauvignon Blanc
If refrigerated, enhance the flavor by allowing the bottle to set at room temperature for 30 to 60 minutes before serving. Conversely, if stored at room temperature, place the bottle in the refrigerator or an iced wine bucket for 30 to 60 minutes prior to opening.
Saint Clair's Wairau Reserve goes well with all types of shellfish, grilled, pan-fried or smoked fish. The wine also compliments chicken or pork dishes and fresh vegetables. This Sauvignon is also appropriate when served with dishes having citrus, creamy or vinaigrette sauces.
About Saint Clair Sauvignon Blanc Wairau Reserve
The multi award winning wine is made using green-skinned, white grapes that originated in Bordeaux region of France. Saint Clair Sauvignon Blanc grapes grow in nutrient rich soils of a single vineyard located in the Wairau Valley. The coastal climate offers warm daytime temperatures that aid in the ripening process, while the cooler breezes that accompany nightfall aptly develop and preserve the flavor.
Harvested before the summer months, the juice is immediately pressed from the grape to prevent contact with the skins and subsequent deterioration. The winemaker then allows the juice to settle before fermenting in stainless steel vats at cooler temperatures, which helps retain the excellent fruit flavors.
The Saint Clair Wines and Estate
Neal and Judy Ibbotson, and their children established the vineyard in 1994. Originally supplying their grapes to local wineries, the family made the decision to venture into the wine-making industry. Since the beginning, wines created from their grapes have succeeded in winning awards. The estate eventually began winning its share of awards, and the family soon gained recognition as reputable wine-makers. The Saint Clair Estate has six vineyards in different areas of Marlborough, New Zealand from which they create a number of award-winning wines.