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2015 Saint Clair Marlborough Pinot Noir

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At this sort of price, this is a generous mouthful of pinot noir that is totally satisfying. Plums and red cherries waft out of the glass, along with hints of mocha and soft spices, The palate is medium-bodied and sweetly-fruited, with a juicy plummy centre, talcy tannins, and a smooth finish with a touch of savouriness. Excellent with lamb chops over the next couple of years.

Winemaker's Notes

Fragrant with flavours of dark fruits, spice and chocolate with a fine powdered structure.

Colour: Dark garnet

Aroma: Ripe boysenberries and blackcurrants with notes of dark chocolate, spice and toasted oak

Palate: Great concentration and intensity with lots of ripe dark fruits flavours, and undertones of fresh ground coffee and warmed spice. Good palate weight with well-balanced acidity, fine silky tannin and a clean lingering finish

Ageing Potential: Drinking beautifully from release date, this wine can be enjoyed young or with careful cellaring will mature into a more complex wine that can be enjoyed for the next five years

Food Match: Well matched with spring lamb

Alc/vol: 13.5%

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2015 Saint Clair Marlborough Pinot Noir

Expert Reviews

WINESTATE (2010 Vintage) says
Winestate Magazine, Mar/Apr 2012
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
A solid offering of concentrated fruit and impressive purity, with raspberry, cassis, chocolate and raspberry-leaf aromas. Even, smooth and balanced palate; it's a nicely finished wine with bright, tangy fruit flavour and a gentle twist of spice.
The Good Wine Guide 2011
Michael Cooper (2009 Vintage) says
The 2009, French oak-aged for nine months, is a supple red with considerable elegance. It has cherry, plum and slight herb flavours, showing good ripeness, in a light to medium-bodied style, enjoyable young. The 2010 vintage, matured in tanks and barrels, is ruby-hued, fruity and supple, with lively cherry/spice flavours, a touch of complexity, and lots of drink-young appeal.
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
This needs a good wave around in the glass as it's a little closed on first pour, then it shows a distinctly peppery side with dark-spiced plum and moist earthy notes. The palate's pretty simply built on rustic tannins and simple, light flavour. Structure wins the race to the finish over flavour and concentration.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
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