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So far, the 2011s show plenty of promise and some pretty terrific wines and values. At the top of the list, not surprisingly, is Saint Clair. Saint Clair winemaker Matt Thomson is passionate about Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, and he's exploring the region in depth with the Pioneer Block series, which focuses on select parcels and vineyard sites. I like those wines very much but the reserve bottling is truly the standout - aromatic and elegant, and wonderfully delicious.
Saint Clair 2008 Vintage
This Pinot Noir has a round, soft, full palate, well-balanced
acidity, supple tannins and flavours of cherry and raspberry.
Aroma:Lifted notes of raspberry, strawberry and red cherry are complemented by subtle savoury notes.
Palate:A medium-bodied Pinot Noir with a round, soft, full palate, well-balanced acidity, supple tannins and flavours that linger. Cherry and raspberry dominate the palate and are supported by hints of redcurrant. Rich savoury notes on the palate with a full, lingering finish.
Ageing potential:Perfect for drinking immediately, this wine will continue to be enjoyed for the next two to three years.
Alcohol: 13% v/v,, Titratable Acidity: 6.1g/litre, pH: 3.45.
Food match:An ideal wine with red meat, pasta or fish.