Saint Clair James Sinclair Cabernet-Merlot 2017

Aromatic and full bodied with a long toasty finish.

Winemaker:
Senior Winemaker Hamish Clark, Red Winemaker Kyle Thompson

Colour:
Dark garnet core with a thin purple rim.

Aroma:
Blackberries and rich chocolate aromas combined with ripe red plum.

Palate:
A fruit driven style which is rich and full bodied. Flavours of ripe red plum and mixed dark berries with a hint of dark chocolate. The texture has a cocoa powder like feel with a long toasty finish.

Ageing potential:
Drinking well from release date this wine can be enjoyed young or with careful cellaring will mature into a more complex wine that can be enjoyed for the next five years or beyond.

Winemaking:
A blend of 72 per cent Cabernet Sauvignon, 24 per cent Merlot and 4 per cent Malbec. the three varietals were kept separate
through fermentation up until the time of blending. Fruit was held cold for four days to assist with the extraction of flavour and to enhance colour stability. During the primary alcoholic fermentation the fermenting must was hand-plunged and pumped over up to four times a day. When dry the young wine was pressed and then racked off gross lees to a mix of tanks, 30 per cent new French oak and the balance seasoned older French oak. The wine underwent a clean malolactic fermentation while ageing in oak and tank for 6 months. Various different blend options were trialled before the winemakers settled on the
final wine composition.

Viticulture:
Sourced from within the Gimblett Gravels winegrowing district in the Hawke’s Bay region. The free draining gravel type soil is vigour moderating. This combined with the climate are the perfect mix for the growth of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec. The fruit was carefully monitored during ripening and harvested in the cool evening at maximum flavour maturity and physiological ripeness. This is 100 per cent from the wellknown and highly regarded Gimblett Gravels region.

Wine Analysis:
Alcohol 12.5%, Acidity 5.1g/litre, pH 3.71

Food match:
Match with perfectly cooked filled steak with seasonal vegetables.