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.

Serving Suggestion

Delicious with lightly spiced exotic dishes.

Grape

Merlot 100%

Awards

Silver Outstanding, IWSC, 2018

 

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Bottles Per Case 6
Vintage 2016
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