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Saint Clair 2009 Vintage

Saint Clair
Rapaura Reserve Merlot 2009

A medium-bodied wine with delicious flavours of ripe plums, chocolate and mushroom, layered with hints of spicy oak.

Winemaker:

Matt Thomson

Colour:

Dense ruby red.

Aroma:

Lifted aromas of plums, dark cherries, currants and tobacco leaf.

Palate:

Luscious flavours of ripe plums, chocolate and mushroom, layered with hints of spicy oak. A full supple tannin structure supports an elegant and stylish palate, with well-balanced acidity and a warm lingering finish.

Ageing potential:

Drinking well now, this wine will continue to develop for up to five years from vintage date.

Winemaking:

The fruit was de-stemmed into small stainless steel fermenters for a four-day cold soak before being fermented with selected yeasts and hand plunged up to six times daily during the height of fermentation. After primary fermentation the wine was pressed off skins once the correct extraction and balance was achieved. When the wine settled, it was racked to 57 per cent new and 43 per cent seasoned American oak where it underwent malolactic fermentation for enhanced integration of tannin and flavour. Following ageing on lees for 10 months, the wine was blended and lightly egg white fined, balanced and carefully prepared for bottling.

Analysis:

Alcohol: 13.5% v/v, Titratable Acidity: 5.5g/litre, pH: 3.71.

Food match:

The wine is an ideal match with eye fillet, scotch fillet steak or with venison.

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Awards

  • Bronze, Royal Easter Show Wine Awards, NZ 2011
  • Bronze, Bragato Wine Awards, NZ 2010