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Producer: Saint ClairGrape Varieties: 100% Pinot GrisOptimum Drinking: Within 4 yearsWine Style: Dry yet juicy rounded whiteAlcohol by Volume: 12.5%Closure: ScrewcapCountry: New Zealand
Pale gold in colour with aromas of pear and stone fruits with a note of fresh bread crust. The palate is refreshing and juicy with creamy pear and a rich, silky mouthfeel.
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.
Blended Marlborough wine, vineyards are located on free draining, rich alluvial soil. The older Awatere valley soils and richer Wairau Valley soils increasing the complexity of the wine.
The fruit was sourced from a selection of vineyards in Marlborough's Wairau and Awatere Valleys and harvested at optimum phenolic and sugar ripeness. The free-run juice was drained from the press and cold settled before a cool fermentation in stainless steel to retain the varietal aromas. A small portion was fermented in old oak to add complexity and texture. The parcels of wine were selected by the winemakers then blended, stabilised and carefully prepared for bottling.
A small portion was fermented in old oak to add complexity and texture.
Pinot Gris 100%
A perfect wine for a summer lunch or as an aperitif. Matches beautifully with scallops, salmon, or soft cheese.
Decanter World Wine Awards, Bronze, 2015;
International Wine Challenge, Bronze, 2015;
Wine Merchant Top 100, Highly Commended, 2015
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