Saint Clair Hawke’s Bay 2016 ‘Premium’ Syrah and 2014 ‘Pioneer Block 17’ Merlot

In 2013, Saint Clair purchased the ‘Plateau’ vineyard in the Gimblett Gravels from where they had been sourcing some of their Hawke’s Bay fruit to supplement their portfolio of Marlborough wines. The 10.4 ha vineyard, off Omahu Road, Twyford has Syrah, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Viognier, the vines between 12-17 y.o. and the Saint Clair team are now beginning to realise the potential of the vineyard as they have become more familiar with the fruit and the growing seasons. In total, Saint Clair wines from the ‘Plateau’ vineyard have won 25 gold medals and two trophies to date. Here, I review wines from the vineyard, the new release 2016 ‘Premium’ Syrah, and have a re-look at the 2014 ‘Pioneer Block’ Merlot which I rated as a silver medal equivalent, but won the Champion Merlot Trophy at the 2015 Air New Zealand Wine Awards. This time the wine appears more robust with black fruits, grip and some secondary development appearing. www.saintclair.co.nz


  • Saint Clair ‘Premium’ Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2016
  • Saint Clair ‘Pioneer Block 17 – Plateau’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2014

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