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Saint Clair 2013 Vintage

Saint Clair
Dawn
Methode Traditionnelle

Hand crafted, bottle aged and fermented Marlborough Méthode Traditionnelle. Created in celebration of and tribute to Dawn Ibbotson, the matriarch of Saint Clair, who accomplished one hundred years on 12 December 2014

Winemaker:

Matt Thomson and Hamish Clark

Colour:

Medium straw coloured with a lasting, fine bead.

Aroma:

Elegant and inviting. White peach, biscuit and lemon zest combine with layers of citrus fruit, oyster shell and pastry crust.

Palate:

Flavours of ripe citrus with an almond savoury distinction along with biscuit and white peach. Complex with focused acidity and a dry balance.

Ageing potential:

Will benefit from careful cellaring for ten years and beyond.

Winemaking:

Hand harvested and whole bunch pressed, the free run Chardonnay juice was steel tank fermented and left to undergo malolactic fermentation until late spring, stirred on lees throughout. The Pinot Noir was lightly pressed and fermented cool in old French barriques, allowed to mature on light lees until blending in early January of the next year to prepare for tirage nearly one year from the harvest date. The bottle fermentation took place over 6 weeks and bottles were left to rest for 35 months until being disgorged and liqueur de dosage added.

Viticulture:

Sourced from the well-drained stone and sand alluvium of Rapaura Road, in vineyards overlooked by the Saint Clair Vineyard Kitchen. A blend of 67 per cent clone 95 Chardonnay and 33 per cent Clone 5 Pinot Noir grown on spur pruned and sylvos trained 20 year old vines.

Wine Analysis:

Alcohol: 12.0% v/v , Titratable Acidity: 7.0g/L, Residual Sugar: 6.6g/L , pH: 3.12.

Food match:

Perfect for a celebratory occasion. Drink as an aperitif or match with freshly shucked oysters.

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