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Saint Clair Merlot Hawkes Bay 2016


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One Case ( 6 Bottles ): £82.84

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Country - New Zealand

Region - Hawkes Bay

Grape Varieties - Merlot 100%

Alcohol by volume - 13.5%

Bottle - 75cl

Producer - Saint Clair

Tasting notes - A combination of dark fruit flavours with black plum and ripe blackberry and a touch of liquorice showing a powdered structure reminiscent of fine dark chocolate leading to a lightly spiced and toasty finish.

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Delicious flavours of raspberry and fresh plums with
vanilla and coconut notes.
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”.
Vineyard
The outstanding fruit was sourced predominantly from a single vineyard within the
Gimblett Gravels area of Hawkes Bay. The vigour moderating, free draining, gravel
soil provides a superb base for the low yielding Merlot. These vineyard sites have
ideal ripening conditions for achieving the ripe berry aromatics and balanced tannin
structure that Saint Clair Merlot exhibits. The fruit was carefully monitored during
ripening; and harvested in the cool evening at maximum flavour maturity and
physiological ripeness.
Winemaking
The grapes were destemmed into small stainless steel fermenters for a five-day cold
soak to help maximise flavour and colour extraction. During fermentation, the wine
was hand plunged and occasionally pumped over to gently extract flavour, colour
and tannin. Following primary fermentation, the young wine was kept in contact with
skins and tasted daily until the desired levels of extraction and balance had been
achieved. Once pressed and settled, the wine was then racked to seasoned French
oak where it underwent malolactic fermentation. The wine was aged on its light lees,
lightly fined and carefully prepared for bottling.
Tasting Note
A combination of dark fruit flavours with black plum and ripe blackberry and a touch
of liquorice showing a powdered structure reminiscent of fine dark chocolate leading
to a lightly spiced and toasty finish.
Serving Suggestion
Barbecued or grilled beef; or lamb with seasonal vegetables.
Grape
Merlot 100%

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Data sheet

Vintage
2016
Bottle Size
75cl
Case Size
6 Bottles
Region
Hawkes Bay

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Saint Clair Merlot Hawkes Bay 2016

Country - New Zealand

Region - Hawkes Bay

Grape Varieties - Merlot 100%

Alcohol by volume - 13.5%

Bottle - 75cl

Producer - Saint Clair

Tasting notes - A combination of dark fruit flavours with black plum and ripe blackberry and a touch of liquorice showing a powdered structure reminiscent of fine dark chocolate leading to a lightly spiced and toasty finish.

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