Tuatara Bay Sauvignon Blanc from Saint Clair 2019
In the cool air of the east-west Marlborough Valleys, protected from the worst weather, the long days of the growing season give this wine its crisp dryness. With flavours of gooseberry and passionfruit, nettle and honeysuckle the Tuatara Bay wine is perfect for enjoying on its own. But should you be inclined, this Sauvignon Blanc is ideal for seafood dishes and in particular shellfish. With its slight background notes of herbs this ward winning wine can also be enjoyed with leafy salads and chicken.
The Tuatara which is a revered animal in New Zealand is a living dinosaur. It gets this name from its ability to live for hundreds of years. This range of wines from Saint Clair has been named in honour of this remarkable animal.
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 winemaking 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 an 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 quality of each vineyard's wine batches.
The grapes are pressed off with minimal skin contact and then cool-fermented in stainless steel to retain their naturally fruity character
The fruit for this wine was sourced from a selection of vineyards around Marlborough.
Tuatara Bay Sauvignon Blanc is a dry, light-bodied crisp wine with gooseberry, passionfruit and nettles.
Everyday Serving Suggestion
Ideal on its own or with light dishes such as chicken or fish salad.
Country / Region / Appellation
NZ / Marlborough / Marlborough