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Saint Clair Dawn Methode Traditionnelle 2017

Handcrafted. Bottle aged and fermented Marlborough Methode 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:
Stewart Maclennan and Hamish Clark

Colour:
Medium-straw coloured with a lasting, fine bead.

Aroma:
Elegant and inviting. Biscuit, baked pastry, meringue and lemon zest combine with layers of citrus fruit, oyster shell and pastry crust.

Palate:
A subtle citrus thread with walnut and pastry characters, biscuit and dried fruits. Elegant and complex with a rich palate and fine mousse.

Ageing potential:
Will benefit from careful, horizontal 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 in late spring, stirred on lees throughout. The Pinot Noir was lightly pressed and fermented cool in seasoned 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 three months with bottles left to rest for a further 27 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 60 percent clone 95 Chardonnay and 40 percent Clone 5 Pinot Noir grown on spur pruned and sylvos trained, 20-year-old vines.

Wine Analysis:
Alcohol 11.5% v/v, Residual sugar 5.9g/L, Acidity 6.6g/L, pH 3.20

Food match:
Perfect for a celebration, as an aperitif or match with freshly shucked oysters.