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04 December,2017

Planting 1,000 Pinot Noir vines on 0.1 ha of land in New York Street on the Martinborough Terrace in 2009, burgundy wine enthusiast Mark St Clair and his partner Debbie Bowie have created their William Grace wine venture. ‘William Grace’ from the middle names of their children, son James and older sister Emma. The vines are 75% is Abel clone and the remaining 25% clone 115. The vineyard is managed to organic and biodynamic regimes, and with the close planting and viticulture of two canes and one bunch per shoot to ensure low yields. The vineyard yielded its first crop in 2012, and to date only one barrel of wine or just over 20 dozen wine is made annually. The very windy conditions during flowering in 2015 has resulted in only 144 bottles made. The mico-vinification of the William Grace wines is under the care of Paul Mason at Martinborough Vineyard, with inputs from Mark, who has worked vintage there for a number of years. Mark and Paul give considerable thought to the oaking to improve fruit definition. The aims, aspiration and management of the venture make it a fascinating one to follow. Here, I review the new release 2015 vintage wine. I think I am seeing an attractive, elegant and refined style of wine with red fruits and florals emanating from the site with consistency.


William Grace Martinborough Pinot Noir 2015

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington


Moderately deep ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is elegantly presented with fragrant aromas of dark-red berry fruit with subtle nuances of dark herbs and hints of earthy detail, unfolding soft red floral notes. The fruit has purity and builds to form a fine core, Medium-bodfied, the palate has gently sweet and rich fruit flavours of dark-red berry fruit with subtle savoury herb nuances, unveiling red florals and hints of spice. The mouthfeel is supple with fine-grained flowery tannin extraction, and enlivened by fresh, lacy, balanced acidity. The wine carries smoothly along a velvety line leading to a light-fruited, moderately sustained finish. This is a finely presented, sweet, red berry and floral fruited Pinot Noir with a supple, near-velvety palate. Serve with antipasto, poultry and pork over the next 5 years. Fruit from the ‘William Grace’ vineyard on ‘Waihinga Gardens’, fully destemmed and indigenous yeast fermented to 12.8% alc., the wine aged 12 months in a 2 y.o. Francois Frere half-barrel, and bottled without fining or filtration. 12 dozen made. 18.0-/20 Dec 2017 RRP $45.00

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