New Zealand is rightly famed for its Sauvignon Blancs and this is a cracker. It has plenty of the tropical fruit you would expect, but it is nicely balanced by the herbaceous characters, so the grapefruit and lime flavours are not too overpowering. Great for drinking on its own or with salads or seafood – and excellent value for money.
The grapes for this wine are carefully selected from several vineyards in Marlborough, the home of Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc, situated at the northeastern tip of the South Island. Consisting of two parallel valleys, the Wairau and the Awatere, it stretches along the Pacific Coast. The vines grow in mixed alluvial soils, which are geologically young and have been distributed along the valley’s floors by the Wairau and Awatere rivers. Ideal for viticulture, these alluvial soils have good drainage and low fertility, so the vine is forced to deepen its roots for hydration and nutrients, resulting in berries which are concentrated in flavour. The vineyards for this wine are owned by Neal and Judy Ibbotson of Saint Clair Family Estate, who have been viticulture pioneers in Marlborough since 1978.
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