Saint Clair ‘Pioneer Block 4 – Sawcut’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2009

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 18-Jul-2011
Mainly 667 and 777 clones with some 115, vines 9 y.o., the fruit given a cold soak and fermented to 13.5% alc. The wine was aged 10 months in 53% new French oak. Light ruby-red colour with some depth and some purple hues. This has a lovely ripe, vibrant dark raspberry fruited bouquet with some violetty florals and notes of boysenberries and subtle oak spice. On palate, this is concentrated and deep, with flavours of ripe raspberries, and black fruits. The wine has excellent acidity lending a raciness, and fine, soft tannins that provide a firm core. Nuances of Asian spices and raspberry liqueur linger on the soft, gentle finish. Drink over the next 4-6+ years with rich and moderately spicy Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine. 18.5+/20 Jul 2011 RRP $33.50 This has a light purple hued, dark ruby colour and a fragrant and fruity nose of floras intermixed with raspberry liqueur aromas. Elegant in proportion, the feature is the bright, sumptuous, juicy raspberry fruit flavours that are very primary in expression, and supple, soft tannins. The oak is very well-handled and adds to the dark berry characters.  Jun 2011

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