This elegant, complex wine displays prominent aromas of peach, nectarine and fragrant stone fruit blossom, laced with impressions of juniper and coriander spice. The palate is rich and creamy, delivering flavours of peach and nectarine with lifted notes of lemon zest which adds freshness and subtle spicy nuances on the finish.
Saint Clair is owned by viticulture pioneers Neal and Judy Ibbotson who planted their first vines in 1978. They originally supplied their grapes to local wineries, but established the Saint Clair Family Wine Estate in 1994 to produce their own wines. The Saint Clair name originated from the vineyard property – first settled by the Sinclair family. Sinclair is a derivation of the original French Saint-Clair. They own 160 hectares of vineyards in 10 different Marlborough locations.. read more
Made from 100% Viognier grown in the Gimblett Gravels region of Hawkes Bay, from 10 year old vines planted on the stoniest part of the vineyard. This free-daring soil is perfect for growing Viognier, which is harvested in the cool of the night to preserve the varietal characteristics. The vines are trained using the VSP [Vertical Shoot Position] Guyot system, which results in reasonably high exposure, and this is reflected in the ripeness of the wine. Following pressing the must was settled and then fermented in stainless steel tanks, with carefully selected yeast to enhance the varietal character. It was then left on the lees to impart texture and complexity to the finished wine.