Saint Clair Pinot Gris Rose 2019
The delicate colour of this wine belies the delicious tastes of Sweet Strawberries, Watermelon and Red Cherries. Whether it's mid-summer or you're trying to bring back the pleasures of your holiday, this gorgeous wine will remind you of every second of the sun. With the swift disrobing of the Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir fruits the delicate blush of this wine is preserved. Share over grilled fish and salad to compliment the fresh, summer fruit flavours of this Rose.
The Saint Clair Family Estate was first settled by the Sinclair family. One of the estate's pioneers, James Sinclair, is closely associated with the founding of the town of Blenheim. Neal and Judy Ibbotson have owned the estate since 1978, transforming it from a vineyard to a full winemaking facility and joining the ranks of Marlborough winemakers to produce fine New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and other premium wines. The very first vintage from Saint Clair Wines won awards upon its release in 1994. Saint Clair's sustainable approach to winemaking involves an open canopy with good light and airflow, minimum use of sprays to control pests and care given to individual vines to encourage good production. For instance, the vineyard employs leaf plucking and thinning of fruits and shoots. They also encourage selection without cultivation as another of their sustainable practices. They have been using a grading system since 2001 as a management tool and for assessing the quality of each vineyard's wine batches.
The fruit was picked in the night. They spend a few hours on their skins before pressing to extract flavour, colour and aroma. After settling the juice was fermented in 100% stainless steel at cooler temperatures. After fermentation, the wine is stabilized and carefully prepared for bottling.
This wine is a blend of two grape varieties carefully selected from several vineyards in Marlborough.
Everyday Serving Suggestion
Saint Clair Pinot Gris Rose is an ideal match with salmon, grilled fish or summer salads
Country / Region / Appellation
NZ / Marlborough / Marlborough