Saint Clair ‘Pioneer Block 11 – Cell Block’ Marlborough Chardonnay 2013

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 12-Oct-2015
Named for grower Colin MacKay, a former N.Z. Police detective. Clone 15 and 95 fruit from the lower Wairau, barrel-fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 100% new French oak, undergoing batonnage. Bright straw-yellow colour, lighter on the rim. The bouquet is very full and broad with opulent layers of ripe citrus fruits melded with a complex and harmonious amalgam of mealy, nutty oak, creamy and buttery barrel-ferment notes, butterscotch nuances, the nose unfolding decadent vanilla and toasty oak waves. Medium-full bodied, the palate features rich and luscious, bold flavours of ripe citrus fruits, tropical fruits and harmoniously entwined with creamy barrel-ferment and toasty oak, along with butterscotch, nuts and vanilla. The mouthfeel is fulsome and rounded, but with plenty of depth and weight. The palate is soft and smooth textured, the acidity integrated. The wine flows seamlessly to a long, luscious finish with citrus, toast and nuts. This is a rich and opulent Chardonnay with layers of citrus and tropical fruit, and creamy and toasty oak. Match with roast pork over the next 4-5 years. 19.0/20 Oct 2015 RRP $32.90

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