Saint Clair ‘Omaka Reserve’ Marlborough Chardonnay 2016

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 22-Mar-2018
Bright, even straw-yellow colour with slight green hues, pale on the rim. 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. This is a mouthfilling, complex flavoured, near over-the-top Chardonnay with citrus and tropical fruits, along with nutty, creamy, mealy and flinty detail. 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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