From Italy to New Zealand
Todays wine review takes us far away from Italy. We are heading to Saint Clair Family Estate from Marlborough, New Zealand. Saint Clair Family Estate is one of the country’s leading white wine producer. They are a rather young winery which started grown grapes in 1978 which they used to sell to local wineries and only since 1994 Saint Clair Family Estate is actually making wine. The winery grows a variety of grapes including Riesling, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc but also Syrah and Merlot. ‘Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc’ is the winery’s flagship wine. However, today’s tasting notes are for another single-vineyard wine: The ‘Pioneer Block 1 Foundation Sauvignon Blanc’. Pioneer Block 1 is the building vineyard for some of their finest wines, including the Wairau Reserve.
The wine is manufactured with 100% Sauvignon Blanc grapes. Pioneer Block Sauvignon Blanc aged in stainless steel tanks for a few months.
Tasting notes Pioneer Block 1 Foundation Sauvignon Blanc
The bouquet was mind-blowing! Very intense aromas of passionfruit, a bit of blackcurrant, hints of elderflower as well as a some minerals. The passionfruit was incredible. I do not think that I have had a similar nose on a white wine before.
After taking a sip, I noticed tropical fruits (including mango and once again passionfruit). The palate was quite similar to the bouquet. There was also a slight mineral touch. The finish was persistently long with lots of passionfruit.
Pioneer Block 1 Foundation Sauvignon Blanc was simply perfect.
To buy or not to buy?
The 2011 Saint Clair Family Estate Pioneer Block 1 Foundation Sauvignon Blanc (can a name get any longer?) retails in Munich for 18.80€. According to wine-searcher, the wine is available throughout the world. Average price 17€. The wine won the Double-Gold Medal at the San Francisco International Wine Competition and the Blue-Gold Award at the Sydney International Wine Competition, next to a variety of other awards.
This was one of the best white wines that I have had for a long time.
I have included this wine in my top 10.
I cannot wait to taste this wine again. If you do not like passionfruit then better stay away from this wine. Passionfruit is everywhere! I love passionfruit so this wine worked like a charm for me.
Saint Clair Family Estate already released the 2012 vintage of this wine. So far I have not found a retailer outside of New Zealand for it. What is your opinion on New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc? Have you tried this particular one? Looking forward to your comments.
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