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Pinot Noir Marlborough Pioneer Block 4 2009

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Earthy, loamy and floral on the nose with fine underlying red fruit shaded with a touch of orange oil and some older wood. This enters the mouth with plenty of energy. The acidity lights up the palate, rich with high toned floral, raspberry and cranberry flavors. The wood creeps in on the midpalate lending this a slight creamy note and contributing some toasty, graham cracker spiciness and some drying wood tannins. The tannin really comes to be the most noticeable aspect on the modest, drying finish. A shame since the fruit shows such promise on entry. 85pts

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Winery: Saint Clair
Color: Red
Varietal: Pinot Noir
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Saint Clair:
Architect Neal Charles Jones and Saint Clair's Chief Winemaker, Matt Thomson, combined their extensive experience to design Saint Clair Estate's new state of the art winery. Built for production from the 2006 harvest, the new winery is capable of crushing 300 tonnes of fruit per day. It features state of the art equipment including high-tec refrigeration control and monitoring software to furth... Read more
Architect Neal Charles Jones and Saint Clair's Chief Winemaker, Matt Thomson, combined their extensive experience to design Saint Clair Estate's new state of the art winery. Built for production from the 2006 harvest, the new winery is capable of crushing 300 tonnes of fruit per day. It features state of the art equipment including high-tec refrigeration control and monitoring software to further enhance the quality of Saint Clair award-winning wines. The major investment decision to develop Saint Clair's own winery facility is fueled by continued sales growth to 180,000 cases in 2005 and strong forward growth projections, particularly for the Saint Clair's award-winning Marlborough Sauvignon Blancs. The Riverland's Estate location was chosen as an ideal position for the new winery due to its central location, proximity to Saint Clair's main vineyards, and where there are adjoining facilities for bottling, storage, dispatch, power and effluent discharge. The winery boasts a large temperature controlled barrel hall for storage of up to 650 oak barriques. This new production facility aims to be extremely functional and will continue to be developed to meet the specific needs for Saint Clair's quality wine production. Saint Clair's Chief Winemaker, Matt Thomson, believes the new winery will further enhance the existing prestige quality record of the Saint Clair brand. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Pinot Noir Marlborough Pioneer Block 4

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,750
3.00 5
11/18/2013

Earthy, loamy and floral on the nose with fine underlying red fruit shaded with a touch of orange oil and some older wood. This enters the mouth with plenty of energy. The acidity lights up the palate, rich with high toned floral, raspberry and cranberry flavors. The wood creeps in on the midpalate lending this a slight creamy note and contributing some toasty, graham cracker spiciness and some drying wood tannins. The tannin really comes to be the most noticeable aspect on the modest, drying finish. A shame since the fruit shows such promise on entry. 85pts


External Reviews for Pinot Noir Marlborough Pioneer Block 4

External Review
11/11/2013

Four and a half glasses


External Review
Vintage: 2007 08/05/2010

Die Aromen von schwarzen Kirschen, Pflaumen und Gewürznelken werden durch mineralische Noten der Kalksteinböden unterstrichen.



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