St Clair Pioneer Block 14 Dr’s Crk Pinot Noir 2009 (12x750mL) NZ.

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Overview

This wine is named after the Doctor’s Creek that runs through the home block vineyard of Saint Clair’s owners, Neal and Judy Ibbotson.

A luscious and elegant full palate with flavours of red cherry, raspberries and ripe red plums. Aging in French oak barrels has added a rich complex toasty finish.

Region:
NZ - Marlborough
State:
Imported
Country:
New Zealand

Winery Tasting Notes

Colour

Bright ruby red

Aroma

Raspberry and plum complemented by lifted floral hints and a touch of spice.

Palate

A luscious and elegant full palate with flavours of red cherry, raspberries and ripe red plums. Aging in French oak barrels has added a rich complex toasty finish.

Cellaring Potential

Perfect for drinking immediately this wine will continue to develop for at least another 5 years from vintage date.

Food Matching

This Pioneer Block Pinot Noir is perfectly matched with spring lamb or tuna.

Vineyard

This wine is primarily from the Doctor’s Creek vineyard, south-west of Blenheim. A small component is also from a small vineyard in the Ure Valley which lies just south of the Awatere Valley.

The two areas selected for this wine were chosen for the complexity they add to the wine, the fragrant aromatics from the cooler Doctor’s Creek area, with the concentration of fruit flavours from the very low yielding Ure Valley.

Winemaking Note

The fruit was harvested when it had reached full physiological ripeness and maximum flavour maturity. At the winery the fruit was held cold for four days prior to ferment to help extract maximum flavour and to enhance colour stability. Selected yeasts were used to carry out the primary alcoholic fermentation during which the fermenting must was hand plunged up to six times daily. At dryness each batch was pressed to tank and then racked off gross lees to stainless steel tanks. The wine was then dropped into a mixture of 54% new French oak and older seasoned oak for ten months where it underwent malolactic fermentation. It was then blended and carefully prepared for bottling.

Vintage
2009
Region
NZ - Marlborough
Grape Style
Pinot Noir
Closure Type
Screwcap closure
Alcohol
13.5%

Winery Profile

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Saint Clair Family Estate is owned by Neal and Judy Ibbotson, viticulture pioneers in Marlborough since 1978. Grapes were originally supplied to local wine companies; however a desire to extend the quality achieved in the vineyard through to the finished wine led to the establishment of Saint Clair Family Estate in 1994.

The Saint Clair name originates from the vineyard property, first settled by the Sinclair family. Pioneer James Sinclair built one of the first homes in Blenheim and was closely associated with the early development of the town. Over time the name of the property reverted to the original Saint Clair.

The company's mission is to create world-class wines that exceed their customers every expectation. Neal Ibbotson combines his extensive viticultural expertise plus Marlborough’s mix of climate and soils with the talent of one of New Zealand’s leading winemaking teams, led by Matt Thomson and Hamish Clark.

From 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. Top International accolades include the trophy to Matt Thomson of Saint Clair for White Winemaker of the Year at the London International Wine Challenge, September 2008 and the coveted trophy for Best New Zealand Wine Producer of the Year at the International Wine and Spirit Competition 2005. Saint Clair Family Estate also has the distinction of being the first New Zealand wine company to win major international trophies for Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir in the same year.

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