Saint Clair ‘Pioneer Block 10 – Twin Hills’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2010

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 07-Mar-2013
The Maori translation of ‘Omaka’ is ‘river between two hills’, and as the vineyard source for this wine is in the Omaka Valley, the ‘Block’ name is ‘Twin Hill’s. Equal parts clones 115 and 114 fruit given a cold soak and fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged in 78% new French oak barriques. Bright purple-hued ruby-red colour, youthful in appearance. The bouquet is sleek in proportion, quite tightly bound with aromas of bright raspberry and dark cherry fruit along with distinct minerally notes, unfolding nuances of dark florals, oak and a hint of reduction. Medium-bodied, this has an elegantly concentrated core of sweet, juicy and ripe, dark raspberry fruit with oak adding a layer of spicy interest. The fruit is supported by fine-grained tannins and moderately elevated acidity providing a sinewy, lively mouthfeel. The palate line carries to a long, lacy finish with an amalgam of fine dry tannins and minerally fruit notes. This is a taut, minerally Pinot Noir with fine depth. It will become richer over the next 5-6 years. Serve with roast duck and pork dishes. 18.0/20 Nov 2012 RRP $33.50

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