Saint Clair Pioneer Block 15 Strip Block Pinot Noir 2018

The Strip Block is named after a unique, narrow strip of aged, devigorating soils at the base of the southern foothills of the lower Waihopai Valley.

Region:
Lower Waihopai Valley directly west of the township of Blenheim.

Terroir:
Soils: Clay based.
Topography: Even flat site with a very slight northerly aspect.
Climate: Warm daytime temperatures with cool nights.

Regional characteristics and contribution to uniqueness of flavours:
The clay based soil provides a vigour-moderating environment conducive to growing top quality
Pinot Noir.

Viticulture:
Sourced from a single vineyard near the Waihopai Valley using clone 115 with 18 per cent whole cluster added to the fermentation.

Winemaking:
The fruit was harvested when it had reached full physiological ripeness and maximum flavour maturity. At the winery the fruit was held cold for five days prior to fermentation to help extract maximum flavour and to enhance colour stability. Specially selected cultured yeast were used to carry out the primary alcoholic fermentation during which the fermenting must was hand plunged up to six times daily at the peak of fermentation. 18 per cent whole cluster bunches were also added to the fermentation to add a stems component and another layer of complexity. At dryness the wine was pressed, then racked off gross lees to a mixture of 30 per cent new French oak and older seasoned 225 litre oak barriques.
During maturation the barrels were regularly tasted until the right balance was achieved (ten months). During this time in oak, the young wine completed malolactic fermentation. The wine was then carefully extracted from oak, blended and prepared for bottling.

Colour:
Dark red core with thin light rim.

Aroma:
Savoury aromas combined with boysenberry, dark ripe summer fruits and hints of black olive.

Palate:
Full bodied and complex with flavours of dark plums, blueberries and earthy black olives. The texture is silky smooth with a delicious toasted oak finish.

Ageing:
Perfect for drinking immediately this wine will continue to develop for the next five years from vintage date.

Wine analysis:
Alcohol 13.5% v/v, Acidity 5.3g/litre, pH 3.66

Food match:
Well matched with wild game, especially wild duck or venison.

Vegetarian friendly

Awards:

GOLD Medal - Japan International Wine Challenge 2019

NZ$37.90