St Clair Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

The bottle shops are awash with Marlborough sauvignon blanc and about half of all the wine made in New Zealand is “savvy” It accounts for 72 per cent of NZ wine exports. St Clair is a very consistent producer. This vintage has fresh, clean aromas typical of the breed, with suggestions of nettles, kiwifruit and herbs and a hint of sweatiness – quite acceptable in small doses. It has excellent intensity of fruit, heightened by a smidgen of well-judged sweetness. It is a very attractive wine all round.

For a big brand, this has real integrity, good fruit concentration and balance. A chilled bottle will be a real crowd-please this summer. Drink it now … don’t put it in the wine cellar.

Food suggestions: Any pan-fried or steamed white-fleshed fish with a sauce made from red capsicum. A range of salads and cold seafood; also goat’s cheese in witlof.

Huon Hooke, SMH 11 December 2007

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