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Tuatara Bay Sauvignon Blanc Saint Clair

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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...

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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.

 

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 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.

 

Vinification
The grapes are pressed off with minimal skin contact and then cool-fermented in stainless steel to retain their naturally fruity character

Viticulture
The fruit for this wine was sourced from a selection of vineyards around Marlborough.

Tasting Note
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

VegetarianVegan

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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