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2011 VINTAGE

Pioneer Block 14 Doctor's Creek Pinot Noir 2011

WINEMAKER: Matt Thomson and Hamish Clark

BLOCK: 14

This wine is named after the Doctor’s Creek that runs through the home block vineyard of Saint Clair’s owners, Neal and Judy Ibbotson.

Region:

This wine is primarily from the Doctor’s creek vineyard, south-west of Blenheim.

Terroir:

Soils: Clay rich, vigour moderating soils.

Topography: Flat, even land.

Climate: Slightly cooler nights than further up the Wairau Valley with a slower longer ripening period.

Regional Characteristics & contribution to Uniqueness of Flavours:

The cooler Doctor’s Creek area continually produces fragrant, pretty aromatics.

Viticulture:

The fruit was sourced from Saint Clair’s own vineyard at Doctor’s Creek. The grapes harvested for this wine are from clones, 5, 115, 777, and 667.

Winemaking:

The fruit was harvested when it had reached full physiological ripeness and maximum flavour maturity. At the winery the fruit was held cold for five days prior to fermentation to help extract maximum flavour and to enhance colour stability. Specially selected yeast was used to carry out the primary alcoholic fermentation, during which the fermenting must was hand plunged up to six times daily at the peak of fermentation. At dryness the wine was pressed, then racked off gross lees to a mixture of 50 per cent new French oak and older seasoned 225 litre oak barriques. During maturation the barrels were regularly tasted until the right balance was achieved (ten months). During its time in oak, the young wine completed malolactic fermentation. The wine was then carefully extracted from oak, blended and prepared for bottling.

Colour:

Bright ruby red.

Aroma:

Very pretty and aromatic on the nose with floral notes mixed with dark cherries and a touch of spice.

Palate:

Elegant and aromatic with lots of succulent ripe black cherries, aromatic boysenberries and black currant. French oak has added a rich complex toasty finish.

Cellaring:

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

Analysis:

Alcohol: 13.5% v/v, Titratable Acidity: 5.9g/litre, pH: 3.48.

Food Match:

This Pioneer Block Pinot Noir is perfectly matched with spring lamb, sweet potatoes and roast vegetables.

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