Saint Clair Barrique Sauvignon Blanc 2015 750mL

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A pale gold wine with aromas of green coffee bean and vanilla pod with notes of wild flower and crushed herb and just a hint of gunflint.
On the palate it gives a rich, almost oily palate with layers of preserved lemon, ripe papaya, cocoa powder and toasted hazelnut with hints of red berry.
A style of Sauvignon Blanc that has good aging potential and will evolve in complexity and character over the next five years with careful cellaring.

A hand crafted wine with greater winemaker influence than Saint Clair traditional terroir driven Sauvignon Blanc. The grapes were whole bunch pressed, briefly settled then racked into seasoned French oak barriques. The juice was inoculated with a selected yeast strain. Post fermentation the wine was aged on its lees for fifteen months, with twice weekly barrel stirring to facilitate yeast autolysis. During this time the wine underwent spontaneous malolactic fermentation. Each barrel was tasted regularly by the winemaking team and only the very best and most interesting barrels were selected for the final blend. The wine was lightly fined then filtered prior to bottling.