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Saint Clair Premium Chardonnay 2011

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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. Grapes:100% Chardonnay grapes from 2 of Saint Clair's vineyards. Winemaking: Components of the final blend were specifically chosen from several quality vineyards mainly from the Rapaura area including the vineyards surrounding Saint Clair's Cellar Door on Rapaura Road. These fruit parcels were chosen to add complexity and fullness to this wine and to impart balance and their own special characteristics to this Chardonnay. A selected portion of the fruit was hand harvested in the cool of Marlborough's autumn. Each resulting batch of juice was fermented at low temperatures with selected yeasts and a portion was put to oak to finish primary ferment and undergo malolatic fermentation in order to soften the acidity and give fullness to the palate. After ageing in barrel and stainless steel tanks for nine months the wine was blended and carefully prepared for bottling. Alc/vol 13.5% Colour: Pale gold Serve: A perfect food wine, it may be enjoyed with seafood with cream-based sauces, dishes with nutty flavours or mild coconut curries. Taste: A medium bodied Chardonnay with satisfying flavours of stone fruit and grapefruit with underlying nutty, spicy oak notes, and a hint of fig. The palate is bright and elegant, youthful and creamy with a soft acidity that leads to a lingering finish.

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Saint Clair:
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
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External Review
Source: Great Wines Direct
10/23/2012

GOLD Medal Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2011 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 Grapes : 100% Chardonnay Region : Marlborough, New Zealand Maker : Matt Thompson Notes : A medium bodied Chardonnay with satisfying flavours of stone fruit and grapefruit with underlying nutty, spicy oak notes, and a hint of fig. The palate is bright and elegant, youthful and creamy with a soft acidity that leads to a lingering finish. Serve : A perfect food white wine, it may be enjoyed with seafood with cream-based sauces, dishes with nutty flavours or mild coconut curries. ABV : 13.5%


External Review
Source: Great Wines Direct
10/23/2012

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. Grapes:100% Chardonnay grapes from 2 of Saint Clair's vineyards. Winemaking: Components of the final blend were specifically chosen from several quality vineyards mainly from the Rapaura area including the vineyards surrounding Saint Clair's Cellar Door on Rapaura Road. These fruit parcels were chosen to add complexity and fullness to this wine and to impart balance and their own special characteristics to this Chardonnay. A selected portion of the fruit was hand harvested in the cool of Marlborough's autumn. Each resulting batch of juice was fermented at low temperatures with selected yeasts and a portion was put to oak to finish primary ferment and undergo malolatic fermentation in order to soften the acidity and give fullness to the palate. After ageing in barrel and stainless steel tanks for nine months the wine was blended and carefully prepared for bottling. Alc/vol 13.5% Colour: Pale gold Serve: A perfect food wine, it may be enjoyed with seafood with cream-based sauces, dishes with nutty flavours or mild coconut curries. Taste: A medium bodied Chardonnay with satisfying flavours of stone fruit and grapefruit with underlying nutty, spicy oak notes, and a hint of fig. The palate is bright and elegant, youthful and creamy with a soft acidity that leads to a lingering finish.



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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. Grapes:100% Chardonnay grapes from 2 of Saint Clair's vineyards. Winemaking: Components of the final blend were specifically chosen from several quality vineyards mainly from the Rapaura area including the vineyards surrounding Saint Clair's Cellar Door on Rapaura Road. These fruit parcels were chosen to add complexity and fullness to this wine and to impart balance and their own special characteristics to this Chardonnay. A selected portion of the fruit was hand harvested in the cool of Marlborough's autumn. Each resulting batch of juice was fermented at low temperatures with selected yeasts and a portion was put to oak to finish primary ferment and undergo malolatic fermentation in order to soften the acidity and give fullness to the palate. After ageing in barrel and stainless steel tanks for nine months the wine was blended and carefully prepared for bottling. Alc/vol 13.5% Colour: Pale gold Serve: A perfect food wine, it may be enjoyed with seafood with cream-based sauces, dishes with nutty flavours or mild coconut curries. Taste: A medium bodied Chardonnay with satisfying flavours of stone fruit and grapefruit with underlying nutty, spicy oak notes, and a hint of fig. The palate is bright and elegant, youthful and creamy with a soft acidity that leads to a lingering finish.

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