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“This recent success clearly recognises the ability of Saint Clair’s winemaking team, led my Mat Thomson and Hamish Clark, to produce quality wines of world-class excellence – a remarkable achievement for the family-owned Marlborough winery.”
Tamara Rubanowski Editor FMCG, August 2011

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2007 VINTAGE

Pioneer Block 17 Bay Block Merlot 2007

WINEMAKER: Matt Thomson

BLOCK: 17

Saint Clair identified a small parcel of Merlot from a vineyard in Mangatahi in Hawke’s Bay. Wines from this region are named “Bay Block” within the Pioneer Block range.

Region:

Mangatahi, Hawkes Bay.

Terroir:

Soils: Free-draining silt loam soils.

Topography: Even, flat site.

Climate: Warmer inland site - very warm days and cool nights.

Regional Characteristics & contribution to Uniqueness of Flavours:

The vineyard is flat and even with free draining silt and gravel loam producing even ripening throughout the vineyard. Warm days allow fruit to ripen to full flavour maturity.

Viticulture:

The fruit was sourced from a low cropping, immaculately tended vineyard in the Mangatahi region of Hawkes Bay. The fruit was carefully monitored and harvested at optimum flavour ripeness.

Colour:

Dense ruby

Aroma:

Lifted aromas of dark plum and tobacco leaf, with a touch of spicy oak.

Palate:

This Merlot is a medium-bodied wine; the palate is filled with ripe plums and chocolate with toasty undertones. A firm structure with supple tannins leads to a lingering finish.

Cellaring:

Drinking well now and patient cellaring will reward over the next two-five years.

Analysis:

Alcohol: 14% v/v,, Titratable Acidity: 5.6g/litre, pH: 3.57.

Food Match:

Best matched with full-flavoured lamb or beef.

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Awards

  • Gold, Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2009 - NZ