Saint Clair Pioneer Tutu Block 26 Pinot Noir 2017


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Aromas of dark berries, chocolate and perfumed violets lead to a full bodied palate which is round, seamless and full of delicious ripe raspberries, dark plum and coffee. The invitingly fine grained structure weaves into a long savoury finish.

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This wine is named after the native ‘Tutu’ plant which once grew on the property. The 'Tutu' estate vineyard is located in the Waihopai Valley and lies on a flat, even river terrace where the soils are alluvium based, with clay over silt, sand and gravel. The area enjoys large diurnal temperature shifts with cool nights and warm days encouraging a long ripening period which is a major influence in producing this fine structured, fragrant Pinot Noir. The fruit was sourced from clones 115, 114 and 667 and was picked when it had reached full physiological ripeness.

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RRP £21.99
Vintage 2017
Alcoholic strength 13.5%
Serve with wild duck, venison or fillet steak with roast vegetables
Awards DWWA, Silver, 2019; IWC, Silver, 2019; SWA, Silver, 2019; Wine Merchant Top 100, Highly Commended, 2019
Grapes Pinot Noir 100%
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Vegetarian Yes
Vegan No
Milk No
Eggs Yes
Organic No
Biodynamic No
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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”.

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