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The single vineyard ‘Pioneer Block’ wines of Saint Clair require separate handling, the winery using 250 small tanks to manage this. The amount of detail for winemakers Matt Thomson and Hamish Clark and their team is considerable, but the result is a fascinating range of wines that express their origin and site. In essence Saint Clair is bottling ‘terroir’ for keen wine enthusiasts to ponder and enjoy. The quality per se of the ‘Pioneer Block’ wines has been extremely high as well, reflecting the identification of superior as well as individual vineyards by Saint Clair’s owner Neal Ibbotson.
Raymond Chan

Awards & Accolades

Doctor's Creek Reserve Pinot Noir 2004


  • Silver: Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2006
  • Silver: International Wine Challenge, London 2006
  • Silver: International Wine & Spirit Competition, London 2006
  • Bronze: Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2005
  • Bronze: Wine & Spirits Asia Challenge 2006
  • 4 Stars: Winestate Magazine March 2006 Issue


“Warm, savoury, forest-floor aromas combine with cold tea, cherries and mace. Flavour-wise it is youthful and spicy with good weight, a solid oak backbone and slippery soft tannins (5 stars).”
Yvonne Dudman, Hawkes Bay Today, 4 February 2006

“Marlborough, mellow and forward with gentle acidity and light tannins; plums, cherries, light oak, savoury and balanced.”
Graeme Barrow, Bay of Plenty Times, 22 February 2006

“If you like your Pinot luscious and full, then this is the wine for you. Cherry, raspberry and a underlying tobacco wood character on the nose, cherry and plum in the mouth and velvet and smooth. A good buy at the price.”
Aaron Watson, Capital Times, 8 February 2006

“Soft, fresh, cherryish and strawberry fruited nose. Softish palate, but with brightness of fruit and freshness of acidity. Elegantly sized, the extraction is well-balanced. Good richness to match, good length. The most preferred of the 2004 vintage wines”.
Raymond Chan, 29 June 2006