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"Clair Family Estate now sits alongside Villa Maria as one of New Zealand’s most awarded wineries. And it’s nice to know it’s still New Zealand family-owned."
Pioneer Block 5 Bull Block Pinot Noir 2007
WINEMAKER: Matt Thomson
This wine is named Bull Block after the stud Jersey bulls who previously grazed on a paddock on this site.
Region:The Hawkesbury region of the Omaka Valley, south west of Blenheim.
Soils: Aged silt loams over clay loam sub-soil.
Climate: Very warm days followed by cool nights.
Regional Characteristics & contribution to Uniqueness of Flavours: Warmer days and cooler nights with the clay rich vigour-moderating soils all contribute to small berries which give this wine power, concentration and intensity.
Viticulture:This fruit was grown by one of Saint Cair's most dedicated growers in the Omaka Valley. 100 per cent clone 10/5, these grapes are harvested later in the season allowing a long ripening period which increases the intensity of flavours.
Colour:Bright ruby red
Aroma:Lifted aromas of black cherry and plums with toasty oak notes.
Palate:With aromas of black cherries, plums and toasty oak the palate is rich and full with powerful dark fruit flavours, deep savoury notes and a lingering finish.
Cellaring:Enjoy now or cellar for between two to five years.
Alcohol: 13.5%, Titratable Acidity: 6.1g/litre, pH: 3.53.
Food Match:Best matched with full-flavoured lamb or beef.
- Trophy, Decanter World Wine Awards 2009 New Zealand Pinot Noir Trophy - (Over 10 Pounds)
- Gold, Bragato Wine Awards 2008