Saint Clair Pioneer Block 17 Plateau Malbec 2018

Exotic and perfumed with ripe dark fruits, chocolate and spice.

Omahu Road, Gimblett Gravels Winegrowing District, Hawke’s Bay.

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 all contribute to small berries which give this wine concentration, perfume and deep rich colour.

The outstanding fruit was sourced from a single vineyard within the Gimblett Gravels winegrowing district of Hawke’s Bay. The vigour moderating, free-draining gravel provides a superb base for this low cropping Malbec. The vineyard site has ideal ripening conditions for achieving the intense aromatics and dense structure ripe Malbec can give. The fruit was carefully monitored during ripening and harvested in the cool evening at maximum flavour maturity and physiological ripeness.

The fruit was held cold for four days prior to ferment to help extract maximum flavour and to enhance colour stability. It was inoculated to carry out the primary alcoholic fermentation during which the fermenting must was hand plunged up to four times daily. When dry the young wine was pressed and then racked off its gross lees to 17 percent new French oak and seasoned oak. It underwent malolactic fermentation and matured in oak for 10 months before gentle extraction from oak, being blended and carefully prepared for bottling.

Ruby red.

Deep aromas of blueberry, spice and dark chocolate.

A dense palate showing perfumed ripe dark fruits and blackberry notes combined with chocolate and fruit spice. The structure is silky smooth with a long toasty finish.

Perfect for drinking immediately this wine will continue to develop and delight for at least three years from vintage date.

Alcohol: 13% v/v, Titratable Acidity: 5.4g/litre, pH: 3.65.

Food Match:
Delicious with balsamic glazed venison steak and mushrooms.

Vegetarian friendly