St. Andrews

Chardonnay 2014

Silky textured with exceptional length and flavours of peach, nectarine and subtle cashew nuances from quality French oak.

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Previous Vintages 2013
Region Clare Valley
Colour At release, the wine is a youthful pale straw colour with vibrant green hue to the edges.
Nose The wine has ripe stone fruit aromas along with hints of tropical fruit and subtle citrus zest. Enticing sweet spice, cashew nut and a vanilla oak lift add complexity to the bouquet.
Palate This is a medium-bodied yet sumptuous wine with an enjoyable creaminess to the mid-palate. Flavours of juicy, white fleshed stone fruit are evident along with cleansing citrus at the finish which has wonderful persistence and length from the use of quality French oak
Vintage Conditions In the Clare Valley, the growing season saw average autumn and winter rainfalls on the Taylor family estate vineyards. Although spring was relatively dry, the vine vigour was still good due to the presence of subsurface moisture from the regular winter rain events and in addition the relatively calm conditions during the spring period reduced the evapotranspiration of the vines. Summer started dry and warm but not overly hot although from mid January to mid February this changed with very hot conditions prevailing until the 14th February when a downpour occurred, slowing the ripening of grapes considerably. Most of the Chardonnay was harvested prior to the rain and the quality of the fruit was outstanding.
Oak Maturation The oak regime employed for this wine is 80% new & 20% 1 year old French oak (tight-grained which is air seasoned for 3 years), sourced from Louis Latour, a specialist Burgundian supplier. After 10 months of oak maturation, then minimal fining and filtration, the wine was bottled.
Cellaring Notes Crafted for immediate enjoyment but will cellar over a medium term under ideal conditions.
Alc%: 13
Acid: 7.75
PH: 3.20
Residual Sugar: 1.32
Wine Type: White
Wine Body: Medium
Blend or Single Variety: Single Variety
Pack Size: Single: 750ml bottle Case: 6 x 750ml bottle
  • Mark Hendersen, Otago Daily Times

    Dec 2016
    Excellent to Outstanding
    Hints of funk and matchstick at first with a ripe stonefruit backdrop. The palate offers a minerally undercurrent, oatmeal, nuts, white peach and stonefruit with a surge of acidity. At first edgy and youthful, flirting with knife-edge ripeness, this grows, building richness, intensity, complexity and grip. Delightful.
  • Huon Hooke,

    Jun 2016
    Light to medium yellow colour and a rich, complex bouquet, with quite a deal of oak apparent. The palate handles the oak well: it's very rich and complex, generous and ample, with lovely softness and mouth-filling flavour. It has refinement but also manages to be generous. Clare chardonnay doesn't come much better than this
  • Angus Hughson, Wine Genius

    Jun 2016
    Bright golden hue. A complex style with subtle white peach and citrus fruits plus attractive lees and spicy new French oak. Dry with balanced acid in the mouth it is a mid weight style with elegance and restraint, slightly raw oak and a long finish.
  • , Winestate

    Aug 2015
    3 stars
    Subtle varietal aromas and a long, elegant, nutty palate with 'alert' acid.