Saint Clair Chardonnay 2014
100% Chardonnay carefully selected from several quality vineyards within Marlborough’s Wairau Valley region.
Each fruit parcel was chosen to add complexity and fullness as well as impart balance and offer particular characteristics to the final wine. The majority was fermented in new and seasoned French and American oak barrels. The wine in each barrel underwent malolactic fermentation to soften the acidity and give fullness of palate. After six months barrel ageing the wine was blended and carefully prepared for bottling.
Pale gold in colour, with aromas of ripe stone fruit, lemon curd, toasted nuts and sweet spice. The palate displays elegant and full bodied flavours, layered with peach, citrus, biscuit and sweet spice.
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SILVER MEDAL - Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2015
3.5 STARS (very good quality) - Michael Cooper Buyer's Guide to NZ Wines
Michael Cooper Tasting Notes:
"The 2014 vintage is a fresh, youthful wine, grown in the Wairau Valley. The majority of the blend was fermented and matured for six months in French and American oak barrels, new and seasoned, and given a softening malolactic fermentation. Peachy, appley, gently nutty aromas lead into a vibrantly fruity wine with good depth of ripe-fruit flavours, hints of spices and ginger, creamy notes and a crisp, dry finish. Worth cellaring."