GOLD Medal Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2011
Neal and Judy Ibbotson were pioneers in the Marlborough wine industry, first planting vineyards in the valley in 1978 and then establishing Saint Clair Estate in 1994.
They own 100 hectares of vineyards in six different Marlborough locations chosen specifically for the attributes of their individual locations and ability to produce top quality grapes. Neal Ibbotson combines his extensive viticultural expertise with the talent of one of New Zealand’s leading winemaking teams, led by Matt Thomson and Hamish Clark
Grapes: 100% Chardonnay
Region: Marlborough, New Zealand
Maker: Matt Thompson
Notes: A medium bodied Chardonnay with satisfying flavours of stone fruit and grapefruit with underlying nutty, spicy oak notes, and a hint of fig. The palate is bright and elegant, youthful and creamy with a soft acidity that leads to a lingering finish.
Serve: A perfect food white wine, it may be enjoyed with seafood with cream-based sauces, dishes with nutty flavours or mild coconut curries.