Saint Clair ‘Pioneer Block 15 – Strip Block’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2010

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 14-Feb-2012
Clones 115 and 777 from the ‘Strip Block' in the Lower Waihopi Valley, given a cold soak and fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 37% new French oak barriques. Named after a unique, narrow strip of land with devigorating soils where the vines are planted. Bright ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues, very even. This has a very fine aromatic expression, with intense, perfumed dark plums, spices and violetty florals along with well-balanced oak elements. It reveals nuances of game with air time. Medium-full bodied, very fine, soft flavours of dark plum and raspberry fruit, oak toast and cinnamon spice are framed by silky-smooth tannins and enlivened by crisp, lively acidity. The fruit is rich and succulent, yet fresh and bright. This shows harmony, style, proportion and length. There is a subtle core of concentrated fruit which will continue to unfold over the next 4-6 years. A wine of silkiness and fine intensity as well as bright, rich flavours to match with fine Asian cuisine. 18.5+/20 Feb 2012 RRP $33.50

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