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Saint Clair 2012 Vintage

Saint Clair
Rapaura Reserve Merlot 2012

Full bodied with lifted aromas of blackberries, dark chocolate and smoky oak.

Winemaker:

Matt Thomson, Hamish Clark and Kyle Thompson

Colour:

Purple rim with a deep ruby core.

Aroma:

Rich concentrated aromas of wild blackberries, Black Doris plums and dark chocolate with hints of old leather and aromatic cigar smoke.

Palate:

Ripe and luscious blackberry and dark chocolate combine with the round silky mid palate structure, perfectly balanced acidity and a long spicy, smoky finish.

Ageing potential:

Drinking beautifully from the outset, this wine can be enjoyed young or, with careful cellaring, will mature into a fuller, more complex wine that can be enjoyed for the next 5 years or beyond.

Winemaking:

Grapes were de-stemmed into small stainless steel fermenters for a five-day cold soak to help maximise flavour and colour extraction. Following the addition of specially selected yeast the fermenting wine was hand plunged and pumped over to gently extract flavour, colour and tannin. Once primary fermentation was completed the young wine was kept in contact with skins and tasted daily until the right extraction and balance was achieved. The next step was to gently press the wine off its skins, leaving it to settle, then racking to 55% new American oak where it underwent secondary fermentation (malolactic fermentation). After ageing on light lees the wine was blended and lightly egg white fined, balanced and carefully prepared for bottling.

Viticulture:

The fruit was harvested from Saint Clair’s naturally low cropping Rapaura Road vineyard. The fruit was carefully monitored as it ripened to full maturity and harvested at the end of April.

Analysis:

Alcohol: 14.00% v/v, Titratable Acidity: 5.6g/litre, pH: 3.65.

Food match:

An ideal match with any dish containing wild game.

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