Saint Clair Origin Hawkes Bay Merlot 2020

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Saint Clair Origin Hawkes Bay Merlot 2020

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.

Saint Clair Origin Hawkes Bay Merlot 2020

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. 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”.
The quality of fruit from the 2020 harvest was exceptional. A large stretch of classic
stunning Marlborough sunshine, with virtually no rain, hence no disease, ensured the
berries reached their full physiological ripeness. Warm weather during November and
early December 2019, meant flowering was excellent, leading to average yields for the
season. March produced ideal growing conditions with true Marlborough style of warm
days and cool nights; the latter producing fruit with the characteristic refreshing acidity.
2020 produced average yields of high quality fruit.
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.
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 conversion. The wine was aged on its light lees, lightly fined and
carefully prepared for bottling.
Tasting Note
A luscious Merlot displaying flavours of dark berried fruits, red plums and a touch of
liquorice, leading to a lightly spiced and toasty finish.
Merlot 99%, Syrah 1%
Winemaker: Hamish Clark & Kyle
Region: Hawkes Bay
Subregion: Hawkes Bay
Country: New Zealand
Alcohol: 13%

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