Saint Clair Vicars Choice Pinot Noir 2012
has lifted notes of raspberry, strawberry and red cherry are complemented by subtle savoury notes. A medium-bodied Pinot Noir with a round, soft, full palate, well-balanced acidity, supple tannins and flavours that linger. Cherry and raspberry dominate the palate and are supported by hints of redcurrant. Rich savoury notes on the palate with a full, lingering finish.
Saint Clair is a family run company owned by Neal and Judy Ibbotson who are by their son, Tony, and two daughters, Sarina and Julie. Neal and Judy have been pioneers of the grape in the Marlborough regio since 1978, initially selling grapes to local wine companies, emerging to make their own first vintage in 1994.
This young dynamic company is making top class estate wines through its outstanding winemaker Matt Thomson.
At the winery each batch (or vineyard) was held cold for five days prior to fermentation to help with colour and flavour extraction. The juice was then inoculated with yeast for the primary alcoholic fermentation and hand plunged up to eight times daily during the height of fermentation. When dry each batch was pressed to tank, settled and then racked off gross lees to either stainless steel tanks or a mixture of new and older seasoned French oak. The wine underwent 100 per cent malolactic fermentation before being blended, fined, lightly filtered and gently prepared for bottling.
The fruit for Saint Clair Vicars Choice Pinot Noir 2012 was sourced from a number of specifically chosen low cropping vineyards planted in the Southern Valleys area of Marlborough. Leading up to harvest each vineyard was closely monitored and tasted to determine when the flavours were at their optimum and then harvested in the cool of the morning.