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Producer: Saint ClairGrape Varieties: 100% Pinot NoirOptimum Drinking: Within 4 yearsWine Style: Light juicy redAlcohol by Volume: 13.5%Closure: ScrewcapCountry: New Zealand
When the oceans in the heavens became too warm then Mango (the shark), and Tuatara (the great lizard) came down to earth in search of cooler waters. It was then that Mango said to Tuatara, “Let us reside on land”.
They argued at length until Mango said to Tuatara: “Very well, remain on land to be loathed by all”.
Tuatara replied: “That will give me distinction, and I will thrive, but you will be hauled up with a hook in your mouth, cast into a canoe, and pounded with a fernroot- pounding mallet, after which you will be hung to dry like a wet rag”.
“Maori Religion and mythology” Eldson Best.
The almost extinct Tuatara, cousin of the dinosaur, is still to be found on Stephens Island in the Marlborough Sound, not far from Saint Clair’s vineyards, and gives its name to some of their fruit driven wines which are ideal for serving by the glass.
Grapes: 100% Pinot Noir.
Vinification: In temperature controlled stainless steel tanks.
Colour: Youthful pinky-purple Pinot colour.
Taste: Ripe strawberry fruit combined with a juicy palate and supple tannins. A very drinkable style of Pinot, and an ideal wine to be served by the glass.
Serve: As an aperitif or to accompany white meats and pasta dishes.
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