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Grape Varieties: 100% Pinot NoirOptimum Drinking: Within 5 yearsWine Style: Rounded ripe balanced redAlcohol by Volume: 14%Closure: ScrewcapCountry: New Zealand
A round full bodied wine with ripe flavours of black cherries, blackcurrant and wild blackberries. Fine tannin and focused, balanced acid complements the lifted French oak and spice on the finish. Perfect for drinking immediately this wine will continue to develop for at least a further 6 years.
Neal and Judy Ibbotson were pioneers in the Marlborough wine industry, first planting vineyards in the valley in 1978 and then establishing Saint Clair Family Estate in 1994. They own 160 hectares of vineyard in ten different Marlborough locations chosen specifically for the attributes of their individual "terroir" and ability to produce top quality grapes. Neal Ibbotson combines his extensive expertise in viticultural with the talent of one of New Zealand's leading winemaking teams, led by Matt Thomson and Hamish Clark. From 1994 when wines from the first vintage all won medals including gold, the name Saint Clair has been synonymous with quality and its award winning record continues today.
The grapes are sourced from the single vineyard "Bull Block" in the Omaka valley. This vineyard is named after the stud Jersey bulls who previously grazed here.
Aged silt loam over clay loam sub-soil.
At the winery the fruit was held cold for five days prior to fermentation to help extract maximum flavour and enhance colour stability. Specially selected yeast was used to carry out primary alcoholic fermentation during which the fermenting must was hand plunged up to six times daily. At dryness the wine was pressed, then racked off the gross lees to a mixture of 50 per cent new French oak and older seasoned 225 litre oak barriques. During maturation the barrels were regularly tasted until the right balance was achieved (10 months in oak). During its time in oak, the young wine completed malolactic fermentation. The wine was then gently and carefully extracted from oak, blended and prepared for bottling.
Pinot Noir 100%
It matches perfectly with full-flavoured rack of Lamb or Venison stew.
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