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So far, the 2011s show plenty of promise and some pretty terrific wines and values. At the top of the list, not surprisingly, is Saint Clair. Saint Clair winemaker Matt Thomson is passionate about Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, and he's exploring the region in depth with the Pioneer Block series, which focuses on select parcels and vineyard sites. I like those wines very much but the reserve bottling is truly the standout - aromatic and elegant, and wonderfully delicious.
MaryAnn Worobiec Wine Spectator

Awards & Accolades

Doctor's Creek Reserve Pinot Noir 2006

Awards

  • Silver: Royal Hobart International Wine Show 2007 - AUSTRALIA
  • Bronze: Perth Royal Wine Show 2007
  • Bronze: Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2007
  • Bronze: The New Zealand International Wine Show 2007
  • Bronze: Decanter World Wine Awards 2008 - UK
  • 4 ½ Stars: Winestate Magazine 2007
  • 90 points: Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate 04/08 USA
  • 86 points: Bob Campbell M.W. 2007 August Tasting

Accolades

"No, Saint Clair didn't give me any money to write about their wines. However, I've had a tasting with Matt Thomson, the Chief Winemaker, and I have been truly impressed by this Pinot Noir, and for two main reasons: it's one of the most Burgundian style Pinot Noir I've had from Marlborough, and at $25, as Matt puts it: "It's bloody cheap!"
Ben Longhurst, Lancome Loves Men Magazine, 21 June 2007


"rich, sturdy, plums and mushrooms, balancing acidity and light tannins."
Graeme Barrow, Wanganui Chronicle, 14 July 2007