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Saint Clair 2013 Vintage

Saint Clair
Hawkes Bay Premium

Fresh floral aromas combine with cocoa and spice.


Matt Thomson, Hamish Clark and Kyle Thompson


Dark dense ruby core with purple highlights.


Deep dark and exotic with heady spring flower aromas, boysenberry, blueberry and toasty spice.


Elegant, mouth coating and rich. Ripe perfumed black fruits with a luscious velvety cocoa texture, bright acidity lead to a finish of toasted spice.

Ageing potential:

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


The fruit was held cold for four days prior to ferment to help extract maximum flavour and to enhance colour stability. Inoculated to carry out the primary alcoholic fermentation during which the fermenting must was hand plunged up to four times daily. When dry the young wine was pressed and then racked off gross lees to a stainless steel tank. The wine underwent malolactic fermentation in older oak. It was then gently extracted from oak, blended and carefully prepared for bottling.


The outstanding fruit was sourced from a single vineyard within the Gimblett Gravels winegrowing region of Hawkes Bay. The vigour moderating, free draining gravel provides a superb base for this low cropping Malbec. The vineyard site has ideal ripening conditions for achieving the intense aromatics and delicate structure that Malbec can give. The fruit was carefully monitored during ripening and harvested in the cool evening at maximum flavour maturity and physiological ripeness.

Wine Analysis:

Alcohol: 13.00%, Titratable Acidity: 5.80 g/litre, pH: 3.62.

Food match:

Well matched with wild duck or venison.