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The 2010 Pinot Noirs were outstanding with Saint Clair leading the way with no less than 4 Top Tip Awards. .....All of the Saint Clair Top Tip winners came from their Pioneer Block range and we would suggest that you can't go wrong with any wine from this range but that our favourite was Block 16 Awatere Pinot Noir.
Saint Clair 2009 Vintage
Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2009
A full and rich wine with firm, well-balanced acidity this Sauvignon Blanc has powerful passionfruit, blackcurrant and grapefruit notes with a minerality that adds complexity.
Colour:Pale gold with green hues.
Aroma:A hugely powerful wine with intense pungent aromas of black and white currants, passionfruit, grapefruit and boxwood.
Palate:Full and rich with firm, well-balanced acidity, this wine has powerful passion fruit, blackcurrant and grapefruit. A mineral component adds complexity and depth to a long lingering finish.
Ageing potential:This wine is drinking beautifully now and may also be enjoyed over the next one to two years.
Winemaking:The fruit was pressed off as quickly as possible to minimise skin contact and juice deterioration following harvesting. After settling the juice was fermented using selected yeast in 100 per cent stainless steel at cool temperatures to retain fruit flavour and freshness.
Viticulture:The fruit was sourced from two vineyards, one in Dillon’s Point and the other on Thomsons Ford Road. During ripening the grapes were carefully monitored and subsequently harvested in the cool of the evening with maximum flavour maturity and physiological ripeness.
Alcohol: 13% v/v, Titratable Acidity: 7.6 g/litre, Residual Sugar: 2.9g/litre, pH: 3.41.
Food match:This wine is an ideal match with salmon or pan-seared scallops accompanied by fresh spring vegetables.
- Gold, Royal Easter Show Wine Awards, NZ 2010
- Gold, WSA Wine Challenge, Singapore 2010
- Gold, Decanter World Wine Awards, UK 2010
- Gold, International Wine Challenge, UK 2010
- Gold, Christchurch Casino Sauvignon Blanc Charity Award 2009
- Gold, Royal Hobart International Wine Show, Australia 2009
- Double Gold, Tri-Nations Wine Challenge 2010