Saint Clair Origin Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough

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Saint Clair Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2018The Saint Clair Sauvignon Blanc is the award-winning worldwide bestseller of Saint Clair Wines. This white wine from New Zealand, crafted by Hamish Clark, is best...

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Saint Clair Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2018

The Saint Clair Sauvignon Blanc is the award-winning worldwide bestseller of Saint Clair Wines. This white wine from New Zealand, crafted by Hamish Clark, is best for drinking within two years of purchase. It offers fruit flavours and aromas without devolving into a fruit bomb, so seasoned wine tasters will appreciate its complexity. Enjoy the carefully cultivated flavours of the 2013 Sommelier Wine Awards and 2013 Decanter World Wine Awards Bronze Medal winner: the Saint Clair Sauvignon.

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.

Vinification

The grapes were harvested and transported to the winery to be pressed off as soon as possible. This helps balance astringency and prevents bitter flavours from becoming too overwhelming. The pressed grapes were allowed to cold settle, then the juice was fermented at cool temperatures with carefully chosen strains of yeast for the best flavour development and balance. Moving quickly from vine to barrel helps to preserve the quality and character of the Saint Clair Sauvignon fruit. Each batch of the St Clair Sauvignon Blanc was assessed for quality to match the requirements of the premium blend.

Viticulture

The grapes used in this Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc were harvested from the vineyards owned by the Saint Clair Family Estate in the lower Wairau sub-region of New Zealand. The Saint Clair Family Estate winery has found this region to be the best Marlborough region for Sauvignon Blanc, and perhaps one of the best New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc regions available. The Wairu area has fertile, free-draining silt loam soils, and combined with sunny days followed by cool nights, the grapes thrive and develop a strong flavour concentration. Each vineyard block was harvested only when the grapes had reached the peak of ripeness and flavour maturity. The Marlborough region lies parallel to several of the Northern Hemisphere's most popular wine-growing regions and experiences similar climate patterns to those experienced by grapes in France and Italy.

Tasting Notes

Perhaps the most noticeable note of the Saint Claire Sauvignon is that of blackcurrant, followed by passion fruit and a light current of grapefruit. The St Clair Sauvignon Blanc is crisp and powerful while remaining full and well-balanced, with a slightly salty minerality. The elegant palate and lingering finish will have you reaching for another glass. This Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc has an alcohol content of 13%, 3.1g/L of residual sugar, acidity of 7.1g/litre, and an acidic pH of 3.20.

Serving suggestion

The Saint Clair Sauvignon Blanc pairs wonderfully with antipasto, grilled seasonal vegetables or fresh seafood.

Awards:
2013 Sommelier Wine Awards- Bronze
2013 Decanter World Wine Awards- Bronze

Additional Resources:
www.saintclair.co.nz

http://www.wineman.co.uk/blog-article/saint-clair-wines

Grape - Sauvignon Blanc100%

Country - New Zealand

Region - Marlborough

Alcohol: 13%

Dry/Sweetvalue: 2 (1 is dry, 7 is very sweet)

Residual Sugar: 3

Contains Sulphites: Yes

Vegetarian/Vegan: Yes/Yes

Milk/Eggs: No/No

Organic/Biodynamic No/No

Closure: Screwcap

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 Origin Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough

£15.90