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.
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"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.
tizwine.com, 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.
Drinking beautifully now and will be best enjoyed over the next two years.
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