Saint Clair Family Estate Pinot Noir
Neal and Judy Ibbotson are the people behind the family estate from New Zealand, Saint Clair. They started out in the wine business as early as 1978 however it was only in 1994 that they set Saint Clair Family Estate on a property which belonged to a pioneer in New Zealand’s formative days, James Sinclair, in Blenheim, Marlborough. Neal Ibbotson got together with ace winemakers Matt Thomson and Hamish Clark to create wines which have seen resounding success world over.
Today Saint Clair has developed 6 vineyards across 4 areas, Rapaura, Awatere, Waihopai and Omaka Valleys, in Marlborough. What is unique is that the Ibbotsons and their team have devised a grading system which judges quality of fruits from these vineyards. Over a period of time it helps the winemaker keep track of how each plot of land is doing.
Saint Clair Pinot Noir is made from a selection of grapes from their different vineyards. The wine has undergone 100% malolactic fermentation and has been treated in a mix of old and young French oak. Each of the plot wines were vinified separately before the winemakers blended them to create a refreshing yet elegant wine.
Nose: Unmistakable and rich nose of dark berry fruits like black currants and cherries on the nose along with hints of spices making quite an aromatic nose. The oak finish also makes its way on the nose as hints of vanilla waft through.
Palate: The blackcurrant notes also play on the palate along with blueberries. It is a fresh wine but quite well balanced which express earthiness likes that of cacao and hints of spice on the finish.
The wine is available in Mumbai for Rs 3961.