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2014 VINTAGE

Pioneer Block 11 Cell Block Chardonnay 2014

WINEMAKER: Matt Thomson and Hamish Clark

BLOCK: 11

Cell Block is owned by one of Saint Clair’s growers, Colin MacKay, an ex-detective in the New Zealand Police Force.

Terroir:

Soils: Even, fertile, deep, free-draining silt loams on sand.

Topography: Flat, even land.

Climate: Slightly cooler than further up the Wairau Valley with a long, slow ripening period.

Regional Characteristics & contribution to Uniqueness of Flavours:

This is a slightly cooler area, which contributes to the wines elegance. The soil from the lower Wairau Valley is very nutrient rich, which is reflected in the mineral character of the wine.

Viticulture:

Clone 15 grapes were sourced from a vineyard in the lower Wairau area. The fruit was carefully monitored during ripening and machine harvested at maximum flavour maturity and physiological ripeness.

Winemaking:

At the winery the two batches of fruit were pressed as soon as possible to ensure the best fruit flavours were preserved. After settling, the juice was inoculated with selected yeast strains and fermentation was carried out in new French oak barriques. The wine then went through malolactic fermentation, followed by ten months ageing on yeast lees with regular stirring. Once completed the wine was carefully blended and prepared for bottling.

Colour:

Pale gold

Aroma:

Peach, coffee and vanilla notes with a hint of spice.

Palate:

Complex and full bodied with stone fruit, vanilla crème and coffee.

Cellaring:

Drinking well now and will continue to evolve and improve over the next five years.

Analysis:

Alcohol: 13.5% v/v, Titratable Acidity: 5.5g/litre, Residual Sugar: 2.9g/L, pH: 3.46.

Food Match:

Saint Clair winemaker Chloe enjoys this wine with crispy Jerk Chicken served with grilled garlic beans and smoked potatoes.

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Awards

  • Gold, NZ International Wine Show 2016
  • Gold, Chardonnay du Monde 2016 Admitted to list of Top 10 Chardonnays of the World
  • Bronze, Royal Easter Wine Show 2016