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The single vineyard ‘Pioneer Block’ wines of Saint Clair require separate handling, the winery using 250 small tanks to manage this. The amount of detail for winemakers Matt Thomson and Hamish Clark and their team is considerable, but the result is a fascinating range of wines that express their origin and site. In essence Saint Clair is bottling ‘terroir’ for keen wine enthusiasts to ponder and enjoy. The quality per se of the ‘Pioneer Block’ wines has been extremely high as well, reflecting the identification of superior as well as individual vineyards by Saint Clair’s owner Neal Ibbotson.
Saint Clair 2007 Vintage
Godfrey's Creek Reserve Pinot Gris 2007
The wine is full-bodied and has a soft round oily texture on the palate showing pear and almond with touches of spice and bread crust.
Aroma:A beautifully intense wine with characters of freshly cut white pears, bread crust and almonds.
Palate:The wine is full-bodied with a soft round oily texture on the palate showing pear and almond flavours with touches of spice and bread crust.
Ageing potential:This wine is drinking beautifully now but may also be enjoyed up to three years from vintage date.
Viticulture:The fruit was sourced predominantly from the Godfrey’s Creek Vineyard, a single vineyard at the head of the Brancott Valley. The fruit was carefully monitored during ripening and harvested in the cool of the evening at maximum flavour maturity and physiological ripenes.
Alcohol: 13.5% v/v, Titratable Acidity: 5.9 g/litre, Residual Sugar: 5.7g/litre, pH: 3.51.
Food match:Enjoy with lightly spiced Asian
cuisine or fresh summer salads with
pan-fried scallops, white fish and aioli.
- Silver, NZ International Wine Show 2009