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"Saint Clair now makes the country’s and perhaps the world’s best
Sauvignon Blanc. Saint Clair has won more top awards for Sauvignon
Blanc in recent years than any of the three or four hundred other local
producers. Although Sauvignon Blanc is clearly Saint Clair’s
signature wine it has also earned trophies for Chardonnay, Merlot,
Pinot Noir, and Riesling over the same period."
Saint Clair 2008 Vintage
A medium-bodied Chardonnay with a soft round palate showing ripe peach and refreshing stone fruit flavours.
Colour:Pale straw with gold highlights.
Aroma:Lifted, elegant and varietal aromas of white peach, apricot and spice.
Palate:This medium bodied wine has a soft round palate showing ripe peach and refreshing stone fruit flavours.
Ageing potential:This Chardonnay can be enjoyed now and with careful cellaring will develop well in the bottle over the next two to three years.
Winemaking:Fruit for this wine was chosen from a selection of vineyards, primarily from the Dry Hills area at the foot of Marlborough’s Wither Hills. The grapes were harvested at optimum ripeness in the cool of the early morning. No sulphur was used prior to the press to minimise the extraction of harsh phenolics from the skins. The wine was cool fermented so as to retain the fruit flavours characteristic of these vineyards. Lightly oaked, malolactic fermentation was employed to soften the acidity and give fullness to the palate. Following completion of the malolactic fermentation, each component was assessed, the final blend balanced and the resulting wine prepared for bottling.
Alcohol: 13% v/v, Titratable Acidity: 5.9g/litre, Residual Sugar: 3.6g/litre, pH: 3.46.
Food match:This Chardonnay can be enjoyed either as an aperitif or with coconut cream curry, roast vegetable salads or seafood.
- Silver, NZ International Wine Show 2009