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So far, the 2011s show plenty of promise and some pretty terrific wines and values. At the top of the list, not surprisingly, is Saint Clair. Saint Clair winemaker Matt Thomson is passionate about Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, and he's exploring the region in depth with the Pioneer Block series, which focuses on select parcels and vineyard sites. I like those wines very much but the reserve bottling is truly the standout - aromatic and elegant, and wonderfully delicious.
Saint Clair 2007 Vintage
Omaka Reserve Pinot Noir 2007
A lush, full-bodied Pinot Noir with well-integrated tannins and
firm acidity. Ripe cherry and rich plum dominate the palate,
supported by subtle hints of rich coffee.
Aroma:Ripe cherry, boysenberry and plums with lifted violet notes. There are also underlying hints of savoury mushroom and toasty oak characters.
Palate:A lush, full-bodied wine with wellintegrated tannins and firm acidity.
Ripe cherry and rich plum dominate the palate, supported by subtle hints of rich coffee. French oak lends elegance, structural support and savoury smoky notes.
Ageing potential:This wine is drinking beautifully now and will continue to improve with cellaring of between three to five years from vintage date.
Alcohol: 13% v/v, Titratable Acidity: 6.3 g/litre, pH: 3.58.
Food match:Game or lamb served with mushrooms or rich savoury sauces.
- Gold, Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2008