Saint Clair ‘James Sinclair’ Chardonnay 2018​

A gold medal winner at the last New World Wine Awards, as well winning gold at the 2019 NZIWS. Also, despite not being the Chardonnay Trophy winner – was awarded the Trophy for Commercial White Wine (under $20). From the Awatere Valley in Marlborough. A bright gold with greening at the edges in the glass. A beautifully aromatic wine, with a suggestion of struck match flintiness on the nose, as well as heaps of ripe peach and lemon blossom. A creamy texture (lots of lees age and stirring here, and full MLF) with a soft rounded palate of toasty cashew, layers of tropical fruit and zinging citric acidity. To get this wine, presneted in the same fashion as any premium lines, at under $20 is an absolute treat – I think it would even age well for years to come.

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