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Saint Clair Estate Chardonnay Reserve Omaka 2009

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A full-bodied and rich Chardonnay with complex stonefruit flavours and a touch of spice supported by underlying savoury oak notes and subtle yeast autolysis characters. Neal and Judy Ibbotson were pioneers in the Marlborough wine industry, first planting vineyards in the valley’s unique climate and soils in 1978 and then establishing Saint Clair Estate in 1994. They own and developed 100 hectares of vineyards in six different Marlborough locations chosen specifically for the attributes of their individual locations and ability to produce top quality grapes. Their wines received immediate success with three medals from three wines in their first competition. Premium quality grapes, produced from vines that are now fully mature, combined with the proven experience of winemaker Matt Thomson, produce elegant, world class wines

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Winery: Saint Clair
Color: White
Varietal: Chardonnay
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Architect Neal Charles Jones and Saint Clair's Chief Winemaker, Matt Thomson, combined their extensive experience to design Saint Clair Estate's new state of the art winery. Built for production from the 2006 harvest, the new winery is capable of crushing 300 tonnes of fruit per day. It features state of the art equipment including high-tec refrigeration control and monitoring software to furth... Read more
Architect Neal Charles Jones and Saint Clair's Chief Winemaker, Matt Thomson, combined their extensive experience to design Saint Clair Estate's new state of the art winery. Built for production from the 2006 harvest, the new winery is capable of crushing 300 tonnes of fruit per day. It features state of the art equipment including high-tec refrigeration control and monitoring software to further enhance the quality of Saint Clair award-winning wines. The major investment decision to develop Saint Clair's own winery facility is fueled by continued sales growth to 180,000 cases in 2005 and strong forward growth projections, particularly for the Saint Clair's award-winning Marlborough Sauvignon Blancs. The Riverland's Estate location was chosen as an ideal position for the new winery due to its central location, proximity to Saint Clair's main vineyards, and where there are adjoining facilities for bottling, storage, dispatch, power and effluent discharge. The winery boasts a large temperature controlled barrel hall for storage of up to 650 oak barriques. This new production facility aims to be extremely functional and will continue to be developed to meet the specific needs for Saint Clair's quality wine production. Saint Clair's Chief Winemaker, Matt Thomson, believes the new winery will further enhance the existing prestige quality record of the Saint Clair brand. Read less

External Reviews for Saint Clair Estate Chardonnay Reserve Omaka

External Review
Source: Great Wines Direct
10/16/2012

SILVER MEDAL - Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2011 Complex stonefruit flavours and a touch of spice supported by underlying savoury oak notes and subtle yeast autolysis characters. Neal and Judy Ibbotson were pioneers in the Marlborough wine industry, first planting vineyards in the valley in 1978 and then establishing Saint Clair Estate in 1994. They own 100 hectares of vineyards in six different Marlborough locations chosen specifically for the attributes of their individual locations and ability to produce top quality grapes. Neal Ibbotson combines his extensive viticultural expertise with the talent of one of New Zealand’s leading winemaking teams, led by Matt Thomson and Hamish Clark From 1994 when wines from the first vintage all won medals including gold, the name Saint Clair has been synonymous with quality and its award-winning record continues today. Grapes : 100% Chardonnay Region : New Zealand / Marlborough Maker : Matt Thomson Notes : This is a full-bodied and rich Chardonnay with complex stonefruit flavours and a touch of white spice supported by underlying savoury oak notes and subtle yeast autolysis characters. The palate is elegant and full with firm acidity that leads to a warm lingering finish. Serve : Perfect with seafood with rich cream based sauces or roast chicken. For a speciality cheese match try Parmesan, Aged Cheddar or Aged Gouda. ABV : 14.5%


External Review
Source: Great Wines Direct
11/11/2010

A full-bodied and rich Chardonnay with complex stonefruit flavours and a touch of spice supported by underlying savoury oak notes and subtle yeast autolysis characters. Neal and Judy Ibbotson were pioneers in the Marlborough wine industry, first planting vineyards in the valley's unique climate and soils in 1978 and then establishing Saint Clair Estate in 1994. They own and developed 100 hectares of vineyards in six different Marlborough locations chosen specifically for the attributes of their individual locations and ability to produce top quality grapes. Their wines received immediate success with three medals from three wines in their first competition. Premium quality grapes, produced from vines that are now fully mature, combined with the proven experience of winemaker Matt Thomson, produce elegant, world class wines Colour: Pale gold Aroma: An intense, deliciously complex nose displaying aromas of white peach and honeysuckle with subtle oak and savoury bacon notes. Palate: The hotter weather in January and February contributed toward flavours tending towards the riper spectrum. This is a full-bodied and rich Chardonnay with complex stonefruit flavours and a touch of spice supported by underlying savoury oak notes and subtle yeast autolysis characters. The palate is elegant and full with firm acidity that leads to a warm lingering finish. Ageing Potential: Perfect for drinking immediately. This Chardonnay will also developwell in the bottle for up to four years from vintage date. Winemaking: Components of the final blend were made up of a blend of small batches of fruit. Each batch added complexity and fullness and also imparted balance with their own special characteristics. The fruit was whole bunch pressed to ensure the best fruit flavours were preserved. Each batch of juice was barrel fermented individually with selected yeast in three-year, air-dried American oak at cool temperatures. The wine went through malolactic fermentation followed by 10 months ageing on yeast lees with regular stirring. Only the best barrels from each batch were selected to use in the final blend. The wine was then blended and carefully prepared for bottling. Viticulture: The year was hot and dry and one of the best years for Chardonnay this decade. The weather cooled by harvest time providing near perfect picking conditions. The fruit was hand-picked from Saint Clair's own Omaka Vineyard of clone 95 and Mendoza Chardonnay. Food Suggestions: Perfect with seafood with rich cream based sauces or roast chicken. For a speciality cheese match try Parmesan, Aged Cheddar or Aged Gouda. Wine Analysis: Alcohol 14.5% v/v Titratable Acid 6.3g/litre pH 3.56



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The hotter weather in January and February contributed toward flavours tending towards the riper spectrum. This is a full-bodied and rich Chardonnay with complex stonefruit flavours and a touch of spice supported by underlying savoury oak notes and subtle yeast autolysis characters. The palate is elegant and full with firm acidity that leads to a warm lingering finish.

A full-bodied and rich Chardonnay with complex stonefruit flavours and a touch of spice supported by underlying savoury oak notes and subtle yeast autolysis characters. Neal and Judy Ibbotson were pioneers in the Marlborough wine industry, first planting vineyards in the valley’s unique climate and soils in 1978 and then establishing Saint Clair Estate in 1994. They own and developed 100 hectares of vineyards in six different Marlborough locations chosen specifically for the attributes of their individual locations and ability to produce top quality grapes. Their wines received immediate success with three medals from three wines in their first competition. Premium quality grapes, produced from vines that are now fully mature, combined with the proven experience of winemaker Matt Thomson, produce elegant, world class wines

Closure: Stelvin

Wine Specs:

Total Acidity: 6.3 grams per liter

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