Tuesday, 5 February 2008

Saint Clair 'Swamp Block' Sauvignon Blanc 2007

Saint Clair 'Swamp Block' Sauvignon Blanc 2007
Marlborough, New Zealand, $221, stelvin seal

This comes from New Zealand's renowned Marlborough region. The people at St Clair have undertaken the noble task of releasing wines from twelve individual vineyards under their Pioneer Block range. A number 2 on the label means that it heralds from the 'Swamp Block' vineyard; a cooler spot located on the coast at Cloudy Bay.

The delightful nose on this makes me happy; it's dominated by passionfruit and grapefruit. The palate is as delicious as promised; there's grassy herbs, lots of fresh, juicy limes and grapefruit to finish. A fantastically balanced wine with good acidity and great length. It's not that often that my notes match those on the back of the label, but it was interesting that the people at St Clair managed to get it spot on. A lovely wine; the Saint Clair 'Swamp Block' Sauvignon Blanc 2007 is certainly recommended. It even makes me want to buy more Sauvignon Blanc.

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