Saint Clair Family Estate Pioneer Block 10 Twin Hills Pinot Noir 2016 (Marlborough, New Zealand) "...red berries, crushed herbs, spice..."
"Sun warmed plums with a hint of floral perfume, vanilla and coffee. Dark and brooding showing delicious ripe damson plums and blackberries. A generous velvety texture with fresh clean acidity combine to provide great focus and length." - Winery notes
Saint Clair Pioneer Block wines are made from outstanding small parcels of fruit identified by Saint Clair's winemakers from selected specialist vineyards sites reflecting the unique influence of terroir on various grape varieties.
The vines are planted in the Omaka Valley which consists of clay rich, compact soil. This terrior is conducive to growing top-quality Pinot Noir as it achieves good fruit tannin development and concentrated flavours.
When the fruit had reached full physiological ripeness and maximum flavour maturity it was harvested. At the winery the fruit was cold soaked for five days prior to fermentation to help extract maximum flavor and colour and 14 per cent whole cluster bunches were added to the fermentation to add a stems component and another layer of complexity.
The two Dijon clones 114 and 667 were fermented separately and during the peak of fermentation the tanks were plunged up to eight times in a 24 hour period. At dryness the wine was pressed to tank then racked off gross lees to a mixture of 35 per cent new French oak and older seasoned 225 litre French oak barriques. During maturation the barrels were regularly tasted until the right balance was achieved (ten months). During this time the young wine completed malolactic fermentation. The wine was then carefully extracted from oak, blended and prepared for bottling.