Saint Clair Pioneer Block 4 Sawcut Pinot Noir 750 ml

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Fresh wild thyme, raspberry leaf and red plum with a hint of spicy oak. Elegant in style displaying black Kalamata olives, black cherry and spiced red plum. The acidity combines with the ripe powdered tannin to create a full round palate followed by savory oak and a long spicy finish.

The fruit was harvested when it had reached full physiological ripeness and maximum flavour maturity. At the winery the fruit was held cold for five days prior to fermentation to help extract maximum flavour and to enhance colour stability. Cultured yeast were used to carry out the primary alcoholic fermentation, during which the fermenting must was hand plunged up to six times daily at the peak of fermentation. At dryness the wine was pressed, then racked off gross lees to a mixture of 45 per cent new French oak and older seasoned 225 litre oak barriques. During maturation the barrels were regularly tasted until the right balance was achieved (ten months). During its time in oak, the young wine completed malolactic fermentation. The wine was then carefully extracted from oak, blended and prepared for bottling.