Saint Clair Dawn Methode Traditionnelle 2014

Hand crafted, bottle aged and fermented Marlborough Méthode Traditionnelle. Elegant and inviting. Created in celebration of and tribute to Dawn Ibbotson, who has now celebrated her 103rd birthday in December 2017.  

Stewart Maclennan and Hamish Clark

Medium straw coloured with a lasting, fine bead.

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

A subtle citrus thread with walnut, biscuit and pastry characters, and a hint of stone-fruit. Complex with focused acidity and a dry finish.

Ageing potential:
Will benefit from careful cellaring for ten years and beyond.

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.

Sourced from the well-drained stone and sand alluvium of Rapaura Road, in vineyards overlooked by the Saint Clair Vineyard Kitchen. A blend of 52 per cent clone 95 Chardonnay and 43 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: 7.1g/L, Residual Sugar: 6.2g/L , pH: 3.16.

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