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Saint Clair Pioneer Block 17 Merlot

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A lovely example of a full flavoured wine from the Gimblett Gravels area of Hawkes Bay showing ripe and fleshy black fruits and just a hint of herbsNeal and Judy Ibbotson were pioneers in the Marlborough wine industry, first planting vineyards in the valley in 1978 and then establishing Saint Clair Estate in 1994.Neal Ibbotson combines his extensive viticultural expertise 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.Grapes: 100% MerlotRegion: New Zealand / North Island / Gimblett Gravels, Hawkes BayMaker: Matt ThomsonNotes: Rich and full with a dense concentrated black Doris plums, blackberries and dark chocolate. A velvet-like texture melts into a aromatic spicy finish with hints of new leather and savoury oak.Serve: At 16-18c with lightly spiced exotic dishesABV: 13.5%Suitable for Vegetarians

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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

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Source: Great Wines Direct
03/23/2017

A lovely example of a full flavoured wine from the Gimblett Gravels area of Hawkes Bay showing ripe and fleshy black fruits and just a hint of herbsNeal and Judy Ibbotson were pioneers in the Marlborough wine industry, first planting vineyards in the valley in 1978 and then establishing Saint Clair Estate in 1994.Neal Ibbotson combines his extensive viticultural expertise 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.Grapes: 100% MerlotRegion: New Zealand / North Island / Gimblett Gravels, Hawkes BayMaker: Matt ThomsonNotes: Rich and full with a dense concentrated black Doris plums, blackberries and dark chocolate. A velvet-like texture melts into a aromatic spicy finish with hints of new leather and savoury oak.Serve: At 16-18c with lightly spiced exotic dishesABV: 13.5%Suitable for Vegetarians



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