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Saint Clair Origin Hawkes Bay Merlot 2021

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Saint Clair Origin Hawkes Bay Merlot 2021

  • Grapes Merlot 100%
  • Country New Zealand
  • Region: Hawkes Bay Gimblett Gravels
  • Abv 13 %
  • Body Value: B (A is light, E is full-bodied)
    Residual Sugar: 0.1
    Contains Sulphites: Yes
    Vegetarian/Vegan: Yes/No
    Milk/Eggs: No/Yes
    Organic: No
    Biodynamic: No
  • Case size 6 / 75cl
  • Winemaker: Kyle Thompson
  • Closure Screwcap
  • Delicious flavours of raspberry and fresh plums with vanilla and spicy notes. A luscious Merlot displaying savoury aromas of olive, cedar and spice. layered with dark berried fruits and black plum flavours through to a lightly spiced and toasty. The 2021 growing season was marginally warmer and drier than typical seasons, and as a result of lower-yielding vines, the 2021 wines show fantastic concentration. The grape harvest was earlier than an average season with ideal weather conditions, resulting in excellent fruit.

The grapes were destemmed into small stainless steel fermenters for a five-day cold soak to help maximise flavour and colour extraction. The wine was hand-plunged during fermentation 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.

A luscious Merlot displays savoury aromas of olive, cedar, and spice. It is layered with dark berry fruits and black plum flavours, and the finish is lightly spiced and toasty.

More Information
CountryNew Zealand
BrandSaint Clair
Bottles Per Case6
Bottle Size75
2 cases 10% offNo

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 Saint Clair Merlot exhibits. The fruit was carefully monitored during ripening and harvested in the cool evening at maximum flavour maturity and physiological ripeness.

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