Saint Clair Pioneer Block 17 Merlot 2016


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Rich and full with a dense concentrated black Doris plums, blackberries and dark chocolate. A velvet-like texture melts into a aromatic spicy finish with hints of new leather and savoury oak.

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This outstanding fruit was sourced from a single vineyard within the Gimblett Gravels winegrowing area of Hawkes bay. The vigour moderating, free draining gravel provides a superb base for this low cropping Merlot. The flat vineyard, sits atop a plateau with a gradual slope and is situated in a warm and sheltered site, which has ideal ripening conditions for achieving the full aromatic profile and tannin structure that Merlot can give. The fruit was carefully monitored during ripening and harvested in the cool evening at maximum flavour maturity and physiological ripeness.

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RRP £19.99
Vintage 2016
Alcoholic strength 13.5%
Serve with Fillet steak or venison
Awards Silver Outstanding, IWSC, 2018
Country New Zealand
Region Northern Island
Subregion Hawkes Bay
Grapes Merlot 100%
Body C
Contains sulphites Yes
Vegetarian No
Vegan No
Milk No
Eggs Yes
Organic No
Biodynamic No
Saint Clair Family Estate

Neal and Judy Ibbotson were pioneers in the Marlborough wine industry, first planting vineyards in the valley in 1978 and then establishing Saint Clair Family Estate in 1994. They own 160 hectares of vineyard in 10 different Marlborough locations chosen specifically for the attributes of their individual "terroir" and ability to produce top quality grapes. Neal Ibbotson combines his extensive expertise in viticulture with the talent of one of New Zealand's leading winemaking teams led by Hamish Clark. Since 1994, when wines from the first vintage all won medals including gold, the name Saint Clair has been synonymous with quality and its award-winning record continues today. This is a sentiment shared by Bob Campbell MW, who says “Saint Clair now makes the country’s and perhaps the world’s best Sauvignon Blanc”.