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2015 VINTAGE

Pioneer Block 14 Doctor's Creek Pinot Noir 2015

WINEMAKER: Matt Thomson, Hamish Clark, Kyle Thompson

BLOCK: 14

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

Terroir:

Soils: Clay rich, vigour moderating soil.

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 consistently produces fragrant and appealing aromatics.

Viticulture:

Careful crop manipulation to ensure vine balance is essential for this highly prolific and large bunch producing variety. This is the fourth cropping year for these vines. The fruit was sourced from Saint Clair’s own vineyard at Doctor’s Creek. The grapes harvested for this wine are from clones 115, 777 and 667 with a whole cluster component of 7.4 per cent

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. A small amount of whole cluster (7.4 per cent) was added to the fermentation to add a stems component to the mix. Specially selected cultured yeast were 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 37 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 this time in oak, the young wine completed malolactic fermentation. The wine was then carefully extracted from oak, blended and prepared for bottling.

Colour:

Deep garnet.

Aroma:

Aromatic floral notes combine with blackcurrant leaf and spice.

Palate:

An elegant palate with red and black cherry, ripe plums, licorice notes, and a fine grained texture. Finishing with spiced cinnamon and lightly roasted coffee.

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: 5.5g/litre,, pH: 3.56.

Food Match:

Perfectly matched with rack of lamb and new potatoes.

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Awards

  • Gold, Sydney International Wine Competition 2016
  • Silver, Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2017
  • Silver, AWC Vienna 2017