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Saint Clair Pioneer Block 17 'Plateau Block' Merlot

Grapes for the Saint Clair Pioneer Block 17 Merlot are sourced from a single vineyard within the Gimblett Gravels wine-growing area of Hawke’s Bay, in New Zealand's North Island, the perfect location for the production of outstanding quality fruit. This is a rich, full bodied and complex Merlot that displays aromas of wild blackberry and ripe plum alongside leather, espresso coffee and a hint of spice. The silky smooth palate is layered with ripe dark berries, damson plums and dark chocolate and leads to a long, persistent finish.


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Saint Clair
New Zealand
Hawkes Bay
Sub Region:
Gimblett Gravels
Red Wine
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