Saint Clair Dawn Methode Traditionnelle 2015

Handcrafted. Bottle aged and fermented Marlborough Methode Traditionnelle. Created in celebration of and tribute to Dawn Ibbotson, the matriarch of Saint Clair, who accomplished one hundred years on 12 December 2014  

Stewart Maclennan and Hamish Clark

Medium straw coloured with a lasting, fine bead.

Elegant and inviting. Aromas of biscuit, baked pastry and lemon zest combine with layers of citrus fruit and oyster shell.

Flavours of walnut, biscuit and pastry with a subtle citrus thread and a hint of stone fruit. Elegant and complex with a rich palate and fine mousse.

Ageing potential:
Will benefit from careful cellaring for ten years and beyond.

Hand harvested and whole bunch pressed, the free run Chardonnay juice was steel tank fermented and left to undergo malolactic fermentation in late spring, stirred on lees throughout. The Pinot Noir was lightly pressed and fermented cool in seasoned French barriques, allowed to mature on light lees until blending in early January of the next year to prepare for tirage nearly one year from the harvest date. The bottle fermentation took place over three months with bottles left to rest for thirty-nine months until being disgorged and liqueur de dosage added.

Sourced from the well-drained stone and sand alluvium of Rapaura Road, in vineyards overlooked by the Saint Clair Vineyard Kitchen. A blend of 65 percent clone 95 Chardonnay, 30 percent Clone 5 Pinot Noir and 5 percent Pinot Meunier grown on spur pruned and sylvos trained, 20 year old vines.

Wine Analysis:
Alcohol 12.0% v/v, Residual sugar 6.0g/L, Acidity 7.1g/L, pH 3.20

Food match:
Perfect for celebration, as an aperitif or match with freshly shucked oysters.