Saint Clair Pioneer Block 23 Master Block Pinot Noir 2018

Rich and concentrated flavours of sun warmed raspberries and cherries combine with wild flowers, spice and cedar. A fine cocoa powder like structure and a long lingering finish.

Benmorven Road, Southern Valley, Marlborough.

Clay based soil with a small amount of light coloured gravel.
Topography: Gradual north facing slope.
Climate: A diurnal shift with very warm days followed by cool nights.

Regional characteristics and contribution to uniqueness of flavours:
Warm days and cooler nights with clay rich vigour-moderating soils all contribute to the small berries which gives this wine power, concentration, intensity and a deep rich colour.

The fruit was sourced from a single vineyard on Benmorven Road just west of the township of Blenheim. Traditionally harvested mid-season and typically produces a deep coloured wine with intense dark fruit, concentration and power.

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.
seven per cent of whole cluster were added to the fermentation to add a stems component to the mix. Specially selected cultured yeast were used to carry

Garnet red.

Crushed dried herb and summer mixed berries with a hint of dark chocolate.

A full-bodied Pinot Noir with flavours of red fruit and hints of coffee bean. This wine has a fine tannin structure with a silky texture and a long finish.

Perfect for drinking immediately this wine will continue to develop and surprise for at least another five years from vintage date.

Wine analysis:
Alcohol 13.5% v/v, Acidity 5.5g/litre, pH 3.56

Food match:
An ideal match with lamb or slow roasted pork belly.