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Saint Clair Pioneer Block 14 Doctor's Creek Marlborough Pinot Noir 2017


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Country - New Zealand

Region - Marlborough

Grape Varieties - Pinot Noir 100%

Alcohol by volume - 13.5%

Bottle - 75cl

Producer - Saint Clair

Tasting notes - A rounded luscious Pinot Noir with aromatic floral notes combined with red berries and a subtle earthy richness. Full bodied on the palate, with Morello cherry flavours and a fine silky structure showing fresh vanilla pod, blackberry and blueberry with spice on the finish.

Awards

Silver, DWWA, 2019

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Ripe strawberry and tobacco flavours combine with spicy cloves and vanilla, smooth and opulent style of Pinot Noir.

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 wines are looking very good, despite Saint Clair navigating 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 and Chardonnay also stands out with full flavours.

Vineyard

The grapes are selected from the single vineyard "Doctor's Creek" block, named after the small stream which runs through the centre. Situated southwest of Blenheim. The soils are made up of clay and are rich, vigour moderating soils.

Winemaking

The fruit was harvested when it had reached full physiological ripeness and maximum flavour maturity. At the winery the fruit was cold macerated for five days to help extract maximum flavour and to enhance colour stability. 9% of whole cluster fruit was added to the fermentation to add a stems component to the mix. Specially selected cultured yeasts were used to carry out fermentation, during which the fermenting must was hand-plunged up to six times daily. Once dry, each batch was pressed to tank and then racked off gross lees to 40% new French oak and older, seasoned barriques. During its time in oak, the wine underwent malolactic fermentation and was aged for 10 months, before being carefully prepared for bottling.

Tasting Note

A rounded luscious Pinot Noir with aromatic floral notes combined with red berries and a subtle earthy richness. Full bodied on the palate, with Morello cherry flavours and a fine silky structure showing fresh vanilla pod, blackberry and blueberry with spice on the finish.

Grape

Pinot Noir 100%

Awards

Silver, DWWA, 2019

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Vintage
2017
Bottle Size
75cl
Case Size
6 Bottles
Region
Marlborough

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Saint Clair Pioneer Block 14 Doctor's Creek Marlborough Pinot Noir 2017

Country - New Zealand

Region - Marlborough

Grape Varieties - Pinot Noir 100%

Alcohol by volume - 13.5%

Bottle - 75cl

Producer - Saint Clair

Tasting notes - A rounded luscious Pinot Noir with aromatic floral notes combined with red berries and a subtle earthy richness. Full bodied on the palate, with Morello cherry flavours and a fine silky structure showing fresh vanilla pod, blackberry and blueberry with spice on the finish.

Awards

Silver, DWWA, 2019

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