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2016 Saint Clair Marlborough Pinot Noir

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Cracka Review

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 and perfumed displaying an abundance of dark berry flavours with a savoury finish.

Colour: Dark garnet.

Aroma: Aromas of sun warmed dark berry fruit especially boysenberry and freshly picked blackberries, interlaced with toasted wood notes and a hint of dark chocolate.

Palate: Flavours of dark berries, blackberry conserve, blueberries and fresh boysenberries combine with freshly ground coffee beans and dark chocolate. A hint of cinnamon spice leads into a savoury finish.

Food Match: Well matched with spring lamb.

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.

Viticulture: The fruit was sourced from a number of specifically chosen low cropping vineyards from the Southern Valleys region of the Wairau Plain. Leading up to harvest each vineyard was closely monitored and tasted to determine when the flavours were at their optimum and harvested in the cool of the morning.

Winemaking: At the winery each batch (or vineyard) was held cold for five days prior to fermentation to help with colour and flavour extraction. The juice was then inoculated with yeast for the primary alcoholic fermentation and hand plunged up to eight times daily during the height of fermentation. When dry each batch was pressed to tank, settled and then racked off gross lees to either stainless steel tanks or a mixture of new and older seasoned French oak. The wine underwent 100 percent malolactic fermentation before being blended, fined, lightly filtered and gently prepared for bottling.

Alc/vol: 13.5%

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2016 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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