Saint Clair Marlborough Pinot Noir 2015
Aged in French Oak this Pinot Noir is made in the Omaka Reserve style. With it’s dark garnet colour and taste of ripe blackcurrant, blueberry, and an afternote of spice and coffee, the red grape makes an excellent wine. Pairing well with lamb or duck dishes this wine can take you from casual get together to extravagant dinner party. The Omaka Reserve method is to harvest at full ripeness and then hold cold before fermentation, including hand plunging and then pressing. This process gives it it’s rich colour and flavour at a price that’s affordable for any table.
The Saint Clair Family Estate was first settled by the Sinclair family. One of the estate's pioneers, James Sinclair, is closely associated with the founding of the town of Blenheim. Neal and Judy Ibbotsom have owned the estate since 1978, transofmring it from a vineyard to a v=full wine making facility and joining the anks of Marlbourough winemakers to produe fine New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and other premuim wines. The very first vintage from Saint Clair Wines won awars upon its release in 1994. Saint Clair's sustainable approach to winemaking involves open canopy with good light and airflow, minimal use of sprays to control pests, and care given to individual vines to encourage good production. For instance, the vineyard employs leaf plucking and thinning of fruits and shoots. They also encourage selection without cultivation as another of their sustainable practices. They have been using a grading system since 2001 as a management tool and for assessing the quality of each vineyard's wine batches.
The grapes were de-stemmed and must chilling in small open top stainless steel fermenters for four to five days. A mixture of indigenous and cultured 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 a mixture of new and used French oak.. The wine underwent malolactic fermentation and was aged for 8 months on lees before being blended and prepared for bottling.
A luscious, medium bodied wine with a round soft full palate, well balanced acidity, supple tannins and lingering flavours.
Everyday Serving Suggestion
Saint Clair Pinot Noir is ideal with red meat dishes, strongly flavoured fish dishes, or pasta with tomato-based sauces.
Bronze (IWC 2010)
Country / Region / Appellation
NZ / Marlborough / Marlborough