2018 St Clair Omaka Reserve Chardonnay
Saint Clair Family Estate is owned by Neal and Judy Ibbotson, viticulture pioneers in Marlborough since 1978. Grapes were originally supplied to local wine companies; however a desire to extend the quality achieved in the vineyard through to the finished wine led to the establishment of Saint Clair Family Estate in 1994. The Saint Clair name originates from the vineyard property, first settled by the Sinclair family. Pioneer James Sinclair built one of the first homes in Blenheim and was closely associated with the early development of the town. Over time the name of the property reverted to the original Saint Clair. Saint Clair has developed six vineyards in different sites in Marlborough, including the Rapaura, Awatere, Waihopai and Omaka Valleys. Only superior fruit from the best locations for each individual variety is selected for the Saint Clair label.
What The Critics Say
93/100 Bob Campbell (2017 vintage)
"Tangy, medium-bodied chardonnay with green apple, lime zest, oyster shell, mineral, brioche and nutty oak flavours. Quite a concentrated and vibrant wine that will benefit from a little cellaring. Drink 2019 to 2024."
4.5 Stars Michael Cooper (2017 vintage)
"This is a full on style of chardonnay grown mostly in the Omaka Valley and fermented and matured in American- rather than French oak barrels. Inviting fragrant it has rich stonefruit flavours, strongly seasoned with toasty oak, slightly smokey notes adding complexity, fresh balanced acidity and a well rounded finish."
19/20 and 5 Stars Raymond Chan (2016 vintage)
"The nose is very full and broad, and solidly concentrated with aromas of ripe citrus fruits, yellow stonefruits and tropical fruits entwined with powerful and deep nutty oak, unfolding creamy barrel-ferment, flint, mealy and toasty detail with some butterscotch MLF. This has layers of complexity. Medium-full bodied, the palate is fulsome with deeply rich flavours of ripe yellow stonefruits, savoury citrus fruits and tropical fruit melded with a layering of creamy barrel-ferment and oak vanillins, along with nuances of nuts, flint and oxidative detail, unveiling mealy and buttery nuances. The palate is very accessible with a rounded core, and the flavours carry with good drive to a long, rich and sustained finish. Serve with roast pork over the next 4+ years. A blend of Mendoza and clone 95 Chardonnay fruit, primarily from the Omaka Valley, hand-picked, WBP and fully barrel-fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 10 months on lees in 50% new American oak, undergoing batonnage and MLF. 19.0/20 Mar 2018 RRP $37.90."
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