Saint Clair Pioneers Block 3 Sauvignon Blanc

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Saint Clair Pioneers Block 3 Sauvignon Blanc 2018This herbaceous wine is produced with a cunning shift of vineyard layout. At a 45 degrees angle the fruits are shaded from the southerly...

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Saint Clair Pioneers Block 3 Sauvignon Blanc 2018

This herbaceous wine is produced with a cunning shift of vineyard layout. At a 45 degrees angle the fruits are shaded from the southerly aspect. This results in two different tasting fruits from the same grape, which marry their tropical and greener flavours to produce a wine that has an aroma of pink grapefruit and snow pea. Ideal when dining on lighter meals such as fish and vegetarian dishes. It's slight herb flavour is set off perfectly with the melon, citrus and passionfruit of this spectacularly produced Sauvignon Blanc.

Winery Information

The Saint Clair Family Estate was first settled by the Sinclair family. One of the estates pioneers, James Sinclair, is closely associated with the founding of the town of Blenheim. Neal and Judy Ibbotson have owned the estate since 1978, transofrming 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 practices. They have been using a grading system since 2001 as a management tool and for assessing the qualitiy of each vineyard's wine batches.

Vinification

Directly after harvesting the fruit was transported to the winery and pressed off immediately to minimise skin contact and juice deterioration. After settling, the juice from each batch was fermented using a variety of selected yeast in 100 per cent stainless steel at cool temperatures to retain fruit flavour and freshness. After ferment the wine was stabilised and prepared for bottling. This batch was selected as a Pioneer Block wine due to its power and intensity of flavour.

Viticulture
The grapes are sourced from a single vineyard where the rows of vines are planted at an unusual angle of 43 degrees north-east to south-west.

Everyday Serving Suggestion
Saint Clair Pioneer Block 3 Sauvignon Blanc is ideal with vegetarian cuisine such as Goat's Cheese parcels or fresh seafood such as Fruits de Mer.

Country / Region / Appellation
NZ / Marlborough / Marlborough

Winemaker
Hamish Clark

Additional Resources:
http://www.saintclair.co.nz/

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 Pioneers Block 3 Sauvignon Blanc

£21.37