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Saint Clair Marlborough Pinot Noir Origin 2017

Saint Clair Marlborough Pinot Noir Origin 2017
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Producer:  Saint Clair
Grape Varieties:  100% Pinot Noir
Optimum Drinking:  Within 5 years
Wine Style:  A soft easy drinking Pinot Noir
Alcohol by Volume:  13.5%
Closure:  Screwcap
Country:  New Zealand

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Saint Clair Marlborough Pinot Noir Origin 2017

Producer Note

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 10 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 viticulture with the talent of one of New Zealand's leading winemaking teams led by Hamish Clark. Since 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. This is a sentiment shared by Bob Campbell MW, who says “Saint Clair now makes the country’s and perhaps the world’s best Sauvignon Blanc”.

Vintage

2017 Saint Clair navigated challenging weather conditions during véraison and the harvest period. Flavours came into the fruit early and although the wines are a little lighter in alcohol, they are still appreciably full flavoured. 2017 was a good year for the early ripening varieties; Pinot Noir had beautiful small bunches and berries of very good quality.

Vineyard

The fruit is sourced from a number of specifically chosen low cropping vineyards from the Southern Valleys region of the Wairau Plain. The vines are grown in very clay rich, vigour moderating soils. Each vineyard is closely monitored and tasted to determine when the flavours were at their optimum and harvested in the cool of the morning.

Winemaking

The grapes from each vineyard underwent a cold maceration for five days, to assist colour and flavour extraction. The juice was then inoculated with yeast for the primary alcoholic fermentation and hand plunged up to eight times daily, during the height of fermentation. When dry, each batch was pressed to tank, settled and then racked off the gross lees to either stainless steel tanks or a combination of new and older, seasoned French oak for a period of eight months. The wine underwent 100% malolactic fermentation. Following maturation, it was blended, fined, lightly filtered and gently prepared for bottling.

Tasting Note

Aromas of sun-kissed dark berries, boysenberry and freshly picked blackberries, are interlaced with toasted wood notes and a hint of dark chocolate. The palate is full of sumptuous dark berries, layered with freshly ground coffee beans and dark chocolate. A hint of cinnamon spice leads into a savoury finish.

Serving Suggestion

Beautifully matched with barbecued venison or seared lamb.

Grape

Pinot Noir 100%

 


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