The is wine was bottled with a screwcap. The winemaker was Matt Thomson.
The grapes were ourced from several low cropping vineyards in the Wairau Valley, Marlborough, each block of fruit was harvested at optimum ripeness in the cool of the evening. At the winery each batch of fruit was held cold for four to five days prior to ferment to help extract maximum flavour and to enhance colour stability. A mixture of indigenous and cultured yeasts were used to carry out the primary alcoholic fermentation during which the fermenting must was hand plunged up to six times daily. At dryness each batch was pressed to tank and then racked off gross lees to stainless steel tanks and a mixture of new and used French oak. The wine then underwent malolactic fermentation and barrel portion was aged for eight months before being blended and prepared for bottling. The Titratable Acid is 5.4g/litre and the pH 3.6
The bottle had a gold sticker proclaiming that Saint Clair was the New Zealand producer of the year at the 2005 International Wine and Spirit Competition in 2005 (held in London). Interesting but not really relevant as this wine is a 2006 vintage.
Colour : Stewed red fruits, raspberry tint
Aroma : Stewed red fruit, spicy
Taste : Stewed red fruits, cherry, violets, spicy finish
Alcohol : 13.5%
Price : 106 SEK
Mark : C
Website : Saint Clair