Saint Clair ‘Pioneer Block 5 – Bull Block’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2009

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 19-May-2011
Named after the Omaka Valley site where Jersey bulls previously grazed. Planted to 10/5, the vines 13 y.o., the fruit was given a cold soak and fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine then aged 10 months in 31% new French oak barrels. Deepish ruby-red colour with a pale edge, this has an elegant, moderately intense, fragrant nose of red berry fruits and dark dried herbs lifted by spicy oak notes. Soft and full, an attractive amalgam of soft, rich and sweet red berry fruit, dark red plums and spicy, cedary oak is presented on a gentle, plump, velvety textured palate. The acidity is restrained and this adds to the drinkability of this wine. Purists will find this a little too oaky, but the wine is smooth and slippery. Match with Middle Eastern lamb and Asian beef dishes over the next 3-5+ years. 17.5-/20 May 2011 RRP $33.50

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