Saint Clair Pioneer Block 17 Plateau Block Hawkes Bay Merlot 2016

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Saint Clair Pioneer Block 17 Plateau Block Hawkes Bay Merlot 2016

Country - New Zealand

Region - Northern Island

Grape Varieties - Merlot 100%

Alcohol by volume - 13.5%

Bottle - 75cl

Producer - Saint Clair

Tasting notes - A rich, full bodied and complex Merlot. Aromas of wild blackberry and ripe plum combine with leather, espresso coffee and a hint of spice. The silky smooth palate is layered with ripe dark berries, damson plums and dark chocolate and leads to a long, persistent finish. 

Awards
Silver Outstanding, IWSC,
2018

Saint Clair Pioneer Block 17 Plateau Block Hawkes Bay Merlot 2016

A lovely example of a chunky and full flavoured wine
from the Gimblett Gravels area of Hawkes Bay showing
pungent and fleshy plum flavours and just a hint of
pepper on the finish.


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
This outstanding fruit was sourced from a single vineyard within the Gimblett Gravels
winegrowing area of Hawke’s Bay. The vigour moderating, free draining gravel
provides a superb base for this low yielding Merlot. This vineyard site has ideal
ripening conditions for achieving the full aromatic profile and tannin structure that
Merlot can give. 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 and underwent a five day cold soak to help extract
the maximum flavour and to enhance the colour stability. The juice was inoculated
with specialised yeasts to start fermentation, during which the fermenting must was
hand plunged up to four times daily and pumped over the skins to help with
extraction. The young wine was kept in contact with skins and tasted daily until the
desired levels of extraction and balance were achieved; then gently pressed. Once
settled it was racked to 26% new and 74% seasoned French oak barrels where it
underwent malolactic fermentation. After ageing on light lees, the wine was
blended, fined, balanced and carefully prepared for bottling.


Tasting Note
A rich, full bodied and complex Merlot. Aromas of wild blackberry and ripe plum
combine with leather, espresso coffee and a hint of spice. The silky smooth palate is
layered with ripe dark berries, damson plums and dark chocolate and leads to a
long, persistent finish.


Grape
Merlot 100%

Awards
Silver Outstanding, IWSC,
2018

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