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2012 VINTAGE

Pioneer Block 14 Doctor's Creek Pinot Noir 2012

WINEMAKER: Matt Thomson, Hamish Clark and Kyle Thompson

BLOCK:

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

Region:

Doctor’s creek vineyard, south-west of Blenheim, southern clays.

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 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 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 dryness the wine was pressed, then racked off gross lees to a mixture of 39 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 (10 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 with floral notes mixed with dark fruits, spice and rich coffee.

Palate:

Elegant and aromatic with lots of succulent ripe black cherries, violets, and aromatic red plum followed by fine powdered tannin, lovely acid balance, and 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: 6.2g/litre, pH: 3.58.

Food Match:

Perfectly matched with spring lamb, sweet potatoes and roast vegetables.

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Awards

  • Trophy, Spiegelau International Wine Competition 2014 Champion Pinot Noir
  • Gold, Mondial des Pinots 2014