Saint Clair Riesling Marlborough 2018
This Saint Clair Riesling is one of the most remarkable examples of Riesling I have ever tried. Teaming with tropical fruit flavours and exotic citrus aromas it is the furthest away from a sweet riesling that you can get. Forget the old styles Saint Clair have done an amazing job in producing a dry Riesling which compliments Thai food and is brilliant to drink on it's own. The minerality and acidity combine well as your mouth fills with it's exotic tastes.
The Saint Clair Family Estate was first settled by the Sinclair family. One of the estate's pioneers, James Sinclair, is closely associataed 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 encourageselection without cultivation as another of their sustainable practicses. They have been using a grading system since 2001 as a management tool and for assessing the quality of each vineyards wine batches.
Enjoy on its own or match with seafood, roast pork with apple sauce or lightly spiced curries.
Country / Region / Appellation
NZ / Marlborough / Marlborough