Saint Clair Pioneer Block 5 Bull Block Marlborough Pinot Noir 2019

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Saint Clair Pioneer Block 5 Bull Block Marlborough Pinot Noir 2019

Country - New Zealand

Region - Marlborough

Grape Varieties - Pinot Noir 100%

Alcohol by volume - 13.5%

Bottle - 75cl

Producer - Saint Clair

Tasting notes - An elegant and aromatic Pinot Noir with ripe dark bramble fruit notes and fine toasty aromas. Fresh red fruits are enveloped by a rounded structure, fine tannins and beautifully balanced acidity which complements the lifted oak spice on the finish.

Saint Clair Pioneer Block 5 Bull Block Marlborough Pinot Noir 2019

Elegant and aromatic, showing ripe red fruit and toasty
flavours enhanced by mellow oak spice and a soft,
lingering 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 Jarrah Prior. 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
Short periods of rain during the harvest were followed by brilliant sunshine and mild
breezes which helped to dry the berries. Harvest started in earnest on 13th March and
continued at a steady and manageable pace with minimal pressure. The vintage
proceeded in near perfect conditions, with 2019 producing exceptional quality fruit with
very concentrated flavours with excellent natural acidity.


Vineyard
The grapes are sourced from the single vineyard "Bull Block" in the Omaka Valley. This
flat vineyard site is named after the Jersey Stud bulls that previously grazed here. The
vineyard is 100% planted with clone 10/5. Originally imported from Switzerland, this
clone was responsible for some of the first vineyard plantings in regions such as Central
Otago. It is a late ripening clone, which is ideally suited to this vineyard site and the
late-harvesting allows for a greater intensity of flavours to be built, while maintaining
acidity for freshness and balance. While much of the region is planted with Burgundy
clones, this Swiss clone offers a distinctive expression of Pinot Noir. The soils consist of siltloam over clay-loam subsoils. Warm days give way to cool nights and this diurnal
temperature swing, coupled with the clay-rich vigour moderating soils, encourages the
vine to produce small berries of concentrated juice.


Winemaking
The grapes underwent a cool, five day pre-fermentation maceration, for optimal flavour
extraction and to enhance the colour stability. Fermentation took place with selected
yeasts, during which the must was hand plunged up to six times daily. The young wine
was pressed and racked off the gross lees into a combination of 33% new French oak
and older seasoned 225 litre oak barriques, where malolactic conversion took place.
Barrel maturation lasted for 11 months, before being deftly blended and prepared for
bottling.


Tasting Note
An elegant and aromatic Pinot Noir with ripe dark bramble fruit notes and fine toasty
aromas. Fresh red fruits are enveloped by a rounded structure, fine tannins and
beautifully balanced acidity which complements the lifted oak spice on the finish.


Grape
Pinot Noir 100%

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