Join the Saint Clair Wines mailing list
Connect with Saint Clair
Saint Clair Social Media Feeds

Our Wines

Other Vintages: 2014 | 2013
Saint Clair 2014 Vintage

Saint Clair
Hawke’s Bay Premium
Malbec

Perfumed floral aromas combine with summer berries and spice.

Winemaker:

Matt Thomson, Hamish Clark and Kyle Thompson

Colour:

Dark dense ruby core with purple highlights.

Aroma:

Exotic and perfumed with pungent aromas of warm summer berries and a hint of toasty spice.

Palate:

An elegant rich mouth feel with ripe perfumed black fruits and a luscious velvety cocoa texture and bright acidity leads to a toasted spice finish.

Ageing potential:

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

Winemaking:

The fruit was held cold for four days prior to ferment to help extract maximum flavour and to enhance colour stability. The wine was 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.

Viticulture:

The outstanding fruit was sourced from a single vineyard within the Gimblett Gravels winegrowing district of Hawke’s 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 the Malbec varietal 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%, Titratable Acidity: 5.9g/litre, pH: 3.65.

Food match:

Well matched with wild duck or venison.