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Pioneer Block 17 Bay Block Merlot 2007
WINEMAKER: Matt Thomson
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.
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.
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.
Alcohol: 14% v/v,, Titratable Acidity: 5.6g/litre, pH: 3.57.
Food Match:Best matched with full-flavoured lamb or beef.
- Gold, Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2009 - NZ