Saint Clair Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough


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Saint Clair Wairau Reserve Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2020The Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc has to be my wifes all time favourite wine. Everytime I am in trouble I produce a bottle of...

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Saint Clair Wairau Reserve Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2020

The Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc has to be my wifes all time favourite wine. Everytime I am in trouble I produce a bottle of this Kiwi nectar and all is forgiven. This delicious white wine is an amazing concoction of the most sublime fruit characters that New Zealand Sauvignon can produce. You will be teased by lychees, tantalised by passion fruit, seduced by grapefruit and a myriad of other nuances. This isn't one of the fruit bombs that overpower the palate, this is a wine you will want to drink again and again and savour.

Each year the winemaking team at Saint Clair, lead by Hamish Clark get together and have their tasting of all the different blocks fruit. Only the very finest fruit makes it into the Wairau Reserve and sometimes the wine can be a blend from different growing blocks. This extreme attention to detail makes this Sauvignon Blanc one of the most awarded wines in the New Zealand wine world.

The pale straw colour of this Sauvignon Blanc could easily be mistaken for gold when you taste it's richness of flavour. Despite the light colour the flavours are a heady mix of blackcurrent and passionfruit, and the ocean view this vineyard experiences gives the wine a salty minerality. Cool nights give way to warm days and this vine matures well as a result. Hungry for nutrients the vines are nourished in rich soils once fed by flood waters. With it's proximity to the ocean this wine is best served with oysters or pan fried white fish.

Winery Information:

The Saint Clair Family Estate was first settled by the Sinclair family. One of the estate's pioneers, James Sinclair, is closely associated with the founding of the town of Blenheim. Neal and Judy Ibbotson have owned the estate since 1978, transforming it from a vineyard to a full wine making facility and joining the ranks of Marlborough winemakers to produce fine New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and other premium wines. The very first vintage from Saint Clair Wines won awards upon its release in 1994.

Saint Clair's sustainable approach to winemaking involves open canopy with good light and airflow, minimal use of sprays to control pests, and care given to individual vines to encourage good production. For instance, the vineyard employs leaf plucking and thinning of fruits and shoots. They also encourage selection without cultivation as another of their sustainable practises. They have been using a grading system since 2001 as a management tool and for assessing the quality of each vineyard's wine batches.

Wairau Reserve Sauvignon continues to lead the way when it comes to awards for best Sauvignon Blanc.

The grapes are sourced from different vineyards in every vintage. The winemaking team have an annual meeting to assess and decide which fruit is the best and it is only the finest that makes it's way into the Wairau Reserve. In some vintages this is from a single block and in others it is a blend of different fruit from mixed blocks. This ensures that only the finest possible wine is used for this iconic Sauvignon Blanc

Fertile, deep silt soils.

The fruit was pressed off as quickly as possible to minimise skin contact and juice deterioration following harvesting. After settling the juice was fermented using selected yeast in 100 per cent stainless steel at cool temperatures to retain fruit flavour and freshness. This batch was selected as the Wairau Reserve wine due to its power and intensity of flavour.

Tasting Note:
The Saint Clair Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc is full and rich with firm, well-balanced acidity. This wine has powerful passion fruit, blackcurrant and grapefruit. A mineral component adds complexity and depth to a long lingering finish.

Every day serving suggestion:
An ideal match with antipasto, grilled seasonal vegetables or fresh seafood.

Additional Resources:

Grapes - 100% Sauvignon Blanc

Vegetarian/Vegan - Yes/Yes

Milk/Eggs - No/No

Contains Sulphites - Yes

Organic/Biodynamic - No/No

ABV% - 13%

Can you explain your shipping charges?

We charge the amount the courier charges us to deliver the wines. In the majority of cases this is £10.00 for a dozen wines. For local delivery we charge £5.00 as we can often do this ourselves, by local we mean Milton Keynes.

Couriers charge by weight and size and a case of wines is both heavy and bulky and so the costs are fairly high. The charges are the same if you are buying 1 bottle or 6 bottles but they change if you go over 6 bottles due the the excess weight and size. Couriers also charge a fee to cover fuel excess and this all goes towards the total cost not to mention the 20% VAT to be added to everything.

Currently if someone orders a dozen wines they are charged £10.00 but if they order 24 bottles the charge is the same!

If you wish to have your wines shipped to other countries the costs are extreemly high and often not worth paying for. The cost for example to ship to the USA for a dozen wines would be £100.00 for the shipping alone! Therefore we have taken the decision not to ship any wines outside of the UK.


What is your minimum order?

The minimum order is 1 bottle! I prefer it if people order more and you get better value with the delivery if you do this too!


What if I want to send wine as a gift?

No problem, we will send to your preferred address and even include a card free of charge!

We have two kinds of cards a blank one and a Thank you one. However if you want a Valentines one or a birthday card or anyother type of card please let us know. We will write your personal greeting and even include the soppy stuff. We don't charge for the cards as its our way of thanking you for choosing us to send a gift to your loved one. 


What about a discount?

I may be able to take a little off the price if you ask nicely and there is a large enough order. Please do not ask for a discount on any orders under 12 bottles.  Email me with your requirements and I will let you know if I can do anything. However the best way to get a discount is to sign up for the newsletter as there is often special offers given away to newsletter subscribers.

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Saint Clair Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough