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Saint Clair 2016 Vintage

Saint Clair
James Sinclair
Syrah

Elegant, perfumed and exotic with flavours of ripe blackberries and black cherry.

Colour:

Dense ruby.

Aroma:

Exotic aromas of violets, dark summer berries, dried herbs, spice and vanilla.

Palate:

A concentrated palate full of ripe blackberries and black cherry. An elegant structure, powdered tannin and a long complex toasty finish.

Ageing potential:

Perfect for drinking immediately this wine will continue to develop and delight for at least five years from vintage date.

Winemaking:

The fruit was held cold for four days prior to ferment to help extract maximum flavour and to enhance colour stability. During primary alcoholic fermentation the fermenting must was hand plunged up to four times daily. When dry the young wine was pressed and then racked off gross lees to a stainless steel tank and a small amount of French oak. It was then gently extracted from oak and tank, blended and carefully prepared for bottling.

Viticulture:

The outstanding fruit was sourced from vineyards within the Gimblett Gravels winegrowing district of Hawke’s Bay. The vigour moderating, free draining gravel provides a superb base for this low cropping Syrah. The vineyard site has ideal ripening conditions for achieving the intense aromatics and delicate structure that Syrah can give. The fruit was carefully monitored during ripening and harvested in the cool evening at maximum flavour maturity and physiological ripeness.

Wine Analysis:

Alcohol: 13%, Titratable Acidity: 5.3g/litre, pH: 3.53.

Food match:

Well matched with wild duck or venison.

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