Neal and Judy Ibbotson have been involved in viticulture in Marlborough since 1978. Pioneers of the local industry, supplying fruit to wineries until forming the Saint Clair Estate in 1994. Saint Clair has vineyards across six different Marlborough terroirs - Rapaura, Awatere, Waihopai, Ure and Omaka Valleys plus Wairau central valley. Saint Clair is recognised as producing one of the country's best examples of Sauvignon Blanc and has consistently been one of New Zealand's best performing wineries on the international wine show circuit.
The Origin Series of wines, fits in with the Saint Clair family's philosophy of offering quality wines at affordable prices. It sits at the heart of the core-range of wines.
Fruit was sourced from a selection of vineyards located predominantly in the lower Wairau sub-region. This is what Saint Clair regards as Marlborough’s best sub-region for Sauvignon Blanc, producing wines with heightened expression. Each vineyard block was harvested at optimum flavour maturity and physiological ripeness. Grapes were transported to the winery quickly and pressed off immediately to minimise skin contact. After cold settling the juice from each batch was fermented at cool temperatures using selected yeast strains. Each batch was assessed for quality and only the best components were selected for this premium blend.
Pale straw. Tropical notes of passionfruit, grapefruit and blackcurrant combine with salty mineral notes. The palate is rich and weighty and full of flavours of grapefruit and blackcurrant along with green notes of nettle and capsicum. A subtle sea salt character leads to a long lingering mineral finish.
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. 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. Recent significant International accolades include; Ranked in the top 100 wineries of the world (WAWWJ 2017) New World Producer of the Year at UK’s Sommelier Wine Awards 2017 and 2012, Winestate Winery of the Year 2014, 2011 and 2010, New Zealand Winemaker of the Year (Hamish Clark) Winestate NZ/Australia 2014 and 2012 New Zealand Wine Producer of the Year, Vienna International Wine Challenge 2016, 2015, 2013, 2012 Listed in the Top 10 Chardonnays of the World, Saint Clair Pioneer Block 11 Cell Block Chardonnay 2014 (Chardonnay du Monde) Saint Clair Family Estate has developed a strong reputation as a leading international wine producer. Consistently achieving highly acclaimed awards such as these further cements this reputation