Saint Clair Omaka Reserve Marlborough Chardonnay 2018

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Saint Clair Omaka Reserve Marlborough Chardonnay 2018

Country - New Zealand

Region - Marlborough

Grape Varieties - Chardonnay 100%

Alcohol by volume - 13%

Bottle - 75cl

Producer - Saint Clair

Tasting notes - An elegant and silky wine, with fragrant peach aromas, layered with toasted spice and subtle vanilla. Concentrated notes of fresh peach, ripe grapefruit and biscuity tones on the palate continue on the long finish.

Saint Clair Omaka Reserve Marlborough Chardonnay 2018

A full bodied and rich wine with lovely vanilla and
pineapple flavours combined with a touch of toasty
cinnamon and smoky oak.


Producer Note
Neal and Judy Ibbotson were pioneers in the Marlborough wine industry, first
planting vineyards in the valley in 1978 and then establishing Saint Clair Family Estate
in 1994. They own 160 hectares of vineyard in 10 different Marlborough locations
chosen specifically for the attributes of their individual "terroir" and ability to produce
top quality grapes. Neal Ibbotson combines his extensive expertise in viticulture with
the talent of one of New Zealand's leading winemaking teams led by Hamish Clark.
Since 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. This is a sentiment shared by Bob Campbell MW, who says “Saint
Clair now makes the country’s and perhaps the world’s best Sauvignon Blanc”.


Vintage
Flowering conditions in December were perfect, followed by the hottest temperatures
Marlborough has experienced in January. February produced a month of rainfall.
Despite these challenging weather conditions, the fruit ripened well, 10 days earlier
than usual. Effective methods of canopy management and cropping levels; and
extended dry periods in March kept the vines healthy. Lower yields produced ripe
and intensely flavoured fruit in 2018.


Vineyard
Omaka in Maori means the 'place of the stream'. The grapes were sourced primarily
from Saint Clair’s vineyards in Marlborough’s Omaka Valley where a combination of
warm days, cool nights and clay based soils contribute to greater retention of fruit
flavours. The fruit is a blend of Chardonnay clones, predominantly Mendoza and
Burgundian Clone 95. The vines were monitored carefully during ripening and hand
harvested at optimum flavour maturity and physiological ripeness.


Winemaking
The fruit was carefully hand-picked and lightly whole bunch pressed. The must was
barrel fermented in American oak (50% new, 25% second fill, 25% third fill), using
selected yeast strains. The wine went through malolactic conversion in barrel,
followed by maturation its lees for 10 months with regular stirring. Only the best
barrels from each batch were selected to use in the final blend of the Omaka
Reserve Chardonnay.


Tasting Note
An elegant and silky wine, with fragrant peach aromas, layered with toasted spice
and subtle vanilla. Concentrated notes of fresh peach, ripe grapefruit and biscuity
tones on the palate continue on the long finish.


Grape
Chardonnay 100%

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