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Saint Clair 2014 Vintage

Saint Clair
Gimblett Gravels, Hawkes Bay Premium
Syrah

Elegant, perfumed and richly concentrated.

Winemaker:

Matt Thomson and Hamish Clark

Colour:

Dark dense ruby core with purple highlights.

Aroma:

Powerful aromatics displaying violets, dark summer berries, and dried thyme mixed with vanilla and spice.

Palate:

An elegant concentrated palate full of ripe blackberries and blueberries. The structure is rich and weighty with fresh clean acidity, powdered tannin and a long complex toasty 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. Inoculation occurred 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 and a small amount of French 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 Syrah. The vineyard site has ideal ripening conditions for achieving the intense aromatics and delicate structure that Syrah 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% v/v, Titratable Acidity: 5.6 g/litre, pH: 3.62.

Food match:

Well matched with wild duck or venison.

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