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Saint Clair 2009 Vintage

Saint Clair
Awatere Valley Reserve Noble Riesling 2009

A deliciously complex desert wine showing flavours of luscious pear and stone fruit along with a hint of beeswax.

Winemaker:

Matt Thomson

Colour:

Golden

Aroma:

An enticing bouquet of soft dried apricot dipped in honey and underlying notes of orange blossom.

Palate:

The palate shows luscious pear and stone fruit with a hint of beeswax and a long lingering honey and lemon zest finish.

Ageing potential:

This wine is drinking beautifully now but will age well and further develop complexity for 6-10years.

Winemaking:

Hand harvested Noble Riesling grapes are whole bunch pressed and tank fermented with selected yeasts specifically designed to develop noble characters. Fermentation is ceased at ideal balance as determined by the palate of the winemaker. The resulting wine maintains a high residual sugar balanced by fresh acid. The final wine is then stabilised and prepared for bottling.

Viticulture:

Grapes are sourced from Blind River Valley which is a sub region of Marlborough’s Awatere Valley. The vineyard is on windblown alluvial soils with a clay base. Vines run North-South and are on vertical shoot positioning (VSP) trellising with two canes. In 2009 exceptional conditions provided extremely consistent botrytis infection leading to full concentration of sugars and flavours.

Analysis:

Alcohol: 12.5% v/v, Titratable Acidity: 8.0g/litre, Residual Sugar: 130.5g/litre, pH: pH 3.5.

Food match:

Serve chilled with ripened soft cheeses or dried fruits. It is also a beautiful match with fresh fruit salad or an apricot pie with whipped cream.

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