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"Saint Clair now makes the country’s and perhaps the world’s best
Sauvignon Blanc. Saint Clair has won more top awards for Sauvignon
Blanc in recent years than any of the three or four hundred other local
producers. Although Sauvignon Blanc is clearly Saint Clair’s
signature wine it has also earned trophies for Chardonnay, Merlot,
Pinot Noir, and Riesling over the same period."
Pioneer Block 12 Lone Gum Gewurztraminer 2008
WINEMAKER: Matt Thomson
Soils: Free-draining, mix of stones and lighter soils.
Climate: Warmer area of the inland South Western Wairau Plains
Vine Age: 13 years
Regional Characteristics & contribution to Uniqueness of Flavours: This is a warmer site with early budburst allowing a long ripening period well into the late autumn. Hang time increases the intensity and ripeness of the characteristic Gewurztraminer aromas and gives a rich weight to the palate.
Viticulture:The fruit was sourced from the Lone Gum vineyard in the Dog Point region. Destined for a full, ripe weighty style with no botrytis influence the fruit was carefully monitored during ripening and harvested in the cool of the evening at maximum flavour maturity
and physiological ripeness.
Winemaking:The fruit was crushed and allowed several hours of skin contact at cool temperatures to extract the full complement of flavour, phenolic and aroma compounds required. Following the settling period the clear juice was racked taking with it a portion of the light ‘fluffy’ lees, and then fermented using selected yeast in 100 per cent stainless steel at cool temperatures to retain fruit flavour and freshness.
Aroma:A beautifully intense wine with pungent Gewurztraminer characters of Turkish delight, rose petals and lifted notes of spice.
Palate:The wine is full-bodied and has a soft, round, oily texture on the palate showing rose petals and Turkish delight, with touches of lychee and cinnamon.
Cellaring:This wine is drinking beautifully now and may also be enjoyed over the next two to four years.
Alcohol: 13% v/v, Titratable Acidity: 4.2g/litre, Residual Sugar: 13.8g/litre, pH: 3.80.
Food Match:This wine is an ideal match with Asian cuisine, smoked meats and cheeses.
- Trophy, Decanter World Wide Awards London 2009 International Dry Aromatic over £10
- Trophy Champion Gewurztraminer, Bragato Wine Awards 2009
- Trophy, Decanter World Wine Awards London 2009 New Zealand Dry Aromatic over £10
- Gold, Bragato Wine Awards 2009