St Clair `Block 18 Snap Block` Sauv Blanc 2011 (12 x 750mL), NZ.

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This vineyard is situated at lower Wairau to the east of the town of Blenheim on a site that originally grew apples of the ‘Snap’ variety. Soils are even, deep, fertile, free draining , silt loams, which provide vigour so essential for Sauvignon Blanc to produce intense powerful flavours. Slightly cooler, due to the closer proximity to the sea , than much of Marlborough, ripening is slightly slower, which helps retain intensity of flavour .

This area is becoming increasingly recognized as producing some of Marlborough's, and arguably the worlds, best Sauvignon Blanc.

NZ - Marlborough
New Zealand

Expert Reviews

"The Block 18 bottling has a striking green passionfruit and gooseberry fruit presence on the nose; some gentle nettle and herbal notes too. The palate is a supple and fleshy, quite round up front and finishing fine - lime and passionfruit here."

Rating 93 - Nick Stock, Good Wine Guide 2012

5 stars - "...Of the five 5 star wines our favourite was Saint Clair Pioneer Block 18 Snap Block. The judges adored this wine describing it as...

Simply the best! Year after year Saint Clair make top class sauvignon blanc and this is the best that we have tried this year. Pungent and herbal on the nose it exhibits plentiful and very juicy passionfruit and grapefruit flavours combined perfectly with spritzy acidity, excellent fruit weight and a dry and extremely persistent finish. Add in some complexity from the underlying mineral backbone and you have a great wine." Click here to download presenter., New Zealand Edition, 18 November 2011

Winery Tasting Notes


Pale straw in colour with a slight green hue.


Passionfruit, grapefruit and lifted notes of blackcurrant.


Fresh passionfruit and blackcurrant on the palate, with a salty minerality that leads to a lingering finish.

Cellaring Potential

Drinking beautifully now and will be best enjoyed over the next two years.

Food Matching

An ideal match with vegetarian cuisine, fresh seafood or poultry.

Medals & Trophies

Trophy New Zealand Wine Company of the Year 2011 and 2010 Winestate

Silver Medal, New Zealand International Wine Show 2011

NZ - Marlborough
Grape Style
Sauvignon Blanc
Closure Type
Screwcap closure

Winery Profile

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Saint Clair Family Estate is owned by Neal and Judy Ibbotson, viticulture pioneers in Marlborough since 1978. Grapes were originally supplied to local wine companies; however a desire to extend the quality achieved in the vineyard through to the finished wine led to the establishment of Saint Clair Family Estate in 1994.

The Saint Clair name originates from the vineyard property, first settled by the Sinclair family. Pioneer James Sinclair built one of the first homes in Blenheim and was closely associated with the early development of the town. Over time the name of the property reverted to the original Saint Clair.

The company's mission is to create world-class wines that exceed their customers every expectation. Neal Ibbotson combines his extensive viticultural expertise plus Marlborough’s mix of climate and soils with the talent of one of New Zealand’s leading winemaking teams, led by Matt Thomson and Hamish Clark.

From 1994 when wines from the first vintage all won medals including gold, the name Saint Clair has been synonymous with quality and its award-winning record continues today. Top International accolades include the trophy to Matt Thomson of Saint Clair for White Winemaker of the Year at the London International Wine Challenge, September 2008 and the coveted trophy for Best New Zealand Wine Producer of the Year at the International Wine and Spirit Competition 2005. Saint Clair Family Estate also has the distinction of being the first New Zealand wine company to win major international trophies for Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir in the same year.

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