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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
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