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The single vineyard ‘Pioneer Block’ wines of Saint Clair require separate handling, the winery using 250 small tanks to manage this. The amount of detail for winemakers Matt Thomson and Hamish Clark and their team is considerable, but the result is a fascinating range of wines that express their origin and site. In essence Saint Clair is bottling ‘terroir’ for keen wine enthusiasts to ponder and enjoy. The quality per se of the ‘Pioneer Block’ wines has been extremely high as well, reflecting the identification of superior as well as individual vineyards by Saint Clair’s owner Neal Ibbotson.
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