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Private Cellar

Saint Clair Pioneer Block Merlot 2014 (2x 750mL), NZ.

$9.50
per bottle
$19
per pack

Quantity Available: 1

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Closed: 25/02/2020 8.30 PM AEDT

Wine Summary Image

Terroir

Soils: Vigour moderating free draining gravel.

Topography: Flat even site with a gradual slope.

Climate: Warm, sheltered site.

Regional Characteristics & Contribution to Uniqueness of Flavours

Warm days and cooler nights with gravel rich vigour-moderating soils contribute to small berries which give this wine concentrated flavours, perfume and a deep rich colour.

Viticulture

The outstanding fruit was sourced predominantly from a single vineyard within the Gimblett Gravels winegrowing area of Hawke’s Bay. The vigour moderating, free draining gravel provides a superb base for growing Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec. This vineyard site has ideal ripening conditions for achieving the structure and full aromatic profiles of these varieties. The fruit was carefully monitored during ripening and harvested in the cool evening at maximum flavour maturity and physiological ripeness.

Winemaking

This wine is a blend of 55 per cent Cabernet Sauvignon, 41 per cent Merlot and 4 per cent Malbec.

Each variety was kept separate during fermentation through to the time of blending. The fruit was held cold for four days prior to ferment to help extract maximum flavour and enhance colour stability. Inoculation took place to carry out the primary alcoholic fermentation during which the fermenting must was hand plunged up to four times daily.

When dry the young wines was pressed and then racked off gross lees to 35 per cent new French oak 65 per cent seasoned French oak. The wine underwent a clean malolactic fermentation while ageing in oak for 10 months. It was then gently extracted from oak, blended and carefully prepared for bottling. (267445)

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Region:
NZ - Hawke's Bay
State:
Imported
Country:
New Zealand

Winery Tasting Notes

Notes Image

Colour

Deep dark ruby core with a thin purple rim.

Aroma

Perfumed with fresh blackcurrant, dark plum and cigar box aromas with a touch of new leather.

Palate

Fresh blueberries and wild blackberries, with fresh roasted coffee bean. A dense full bodied palate with toasty oak on the finish.

Ageing

Perfect for drinking immediately this wine will continue to develop and delight for at least 5 years from vintage but with careful cellaring will continue to develop and please.

Food Match

Delicious with smoky flame grilled steak served with garlic butter and roast beetroot salad.

Medals & Trophies

Gold

NZ Wine of the Year Awards 2019

Silver

Hawke's Bay A&P Wine Show 2019

Winery Profile

Brand Profile Image

Saint Clair Family Estate is owned by Neal and Judy Ibbotson, viticulture pioneers in Marlborough since 1978. Grapes were originally supplied to local wine companies; however a desire to extend the quality achieved in the vineyard through to the finished wine led to the establishment of Saint Clair Family Estate in 1994.

The Saint Clair name originates from the vineyard property, first settled by the Sinclair family. Pioneer James Sinclair built one of the first homes in Blenheim and was closely associated with the early development of the town. Over time the name of the property reverted to the original Saint Clair.

The company's mission is to create world-class wines that exceed their customers every expectation. Neal Ibbotson combines his extensive viticultural expertise plus Marlborough’s mix of climate and soils with the talent of one of New Zealand’s leading winemaking teams, led by Matt Thomson and Hamish Clark.

From 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. Top International accolades include the trophy to Matt Thomson of Saint Clair for White Winemaker of the Year at the London International Wine Challenge, September 2008 and the coveted trophy for Best New Zealand Wine Producer of the Year at the International Wine and Spirit Competition 2005. Saint Clair Family Estate also has the distinction of being the first New Zealand wine company to win major international trophies for Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir in the same year.

View Saint Clair website

Other Information

  • 2014 vintage
  • 2 x 750mL units
  • NZ - Hawke's Bay, Imported
  • Screwcap closure
  • 13.5% alc.
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Bidding History

Bidding Details Bid Time Bid Price Bid Qty Win Qty
S.D - Wayville SA25/02/2020 6.16.21 PM AEDTAU $19 11
D.R - West Pennant Hills NSW24/02/2020 9.14.58 PM AEDTAU $14 10
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