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Pioneer Block 14 Doctor's Creek Pinot Noir 2010

WINEMAKER: Matt Thomson


This wine is named after the Doctor’s Creek that runs through the home block vineyard of Saint Clair’s owners, Neal and Judy Ibbotson.


This wine is primarily from the Doctor’s Creek vineyard, south-west of Blenheim. A small component is also from a small vineyard in the Ure Valley which lies just south of the Awatere Valley.


Soils: Clay rich, vigour moderating soils.

Topography: Flat, even land.

Climate: Slightly cooler than further up the Wairau Valley with a slower longer ripening period.

Regional Characteristics & contribution to Uniqueness of Flavours:

The two areas selected for this wine were chosen for the complexity they add to the wine, the fragrant aromatics from the cooler Doctors Creek area, with the concentration of fruit flavours from the very low yielding Ure Valley.


The fruit was sourced from Saint Clair’s own vineyard at Doctors Creek and a small amount from the Ure Valley to add complexity. The grapes harvested for this wine are from clones, 115, 777, and 667.


The fruit was harvested when it had reached full physiological ripeness and maximum flavour maturity. At the winery the fruit was held cold for five days prior to fermentation to help extract maximum flavor and to enhance colour stability. Specially selected yeast was used to carry out the primary alcoholic fermentation, during which the fermenting must was hand plunged up to six times daily at the peak of fermentation. At dryness the wine was pressed to tank then racked off gross lees to a mixture of 36 per cent new French oak and older seasoned 225 litre oak barriques. During maturation in oak the barrels were tasted regularly until the right balance was achieved (ten months). During its time the young wine completed malolactic fermentation. The wine was then carefully extracted from oak, blended and prepared for bottling.


Bright ruby red.


Lifted delicate aromatics with red currant, raspberry, black current and spice.


Round and full with lots of bright juicy fruits, raspberries, blackcurrant and ripe red cherry. The perfectly balanced acidity blends seamlessly with light powdered tannin and toasty oak. The finish is harmonious and rich which seams endless.


Perfect for drinking immediately this wine will continue to develop for at least another five years.


Alcohol: 13.5% v/v, Titratable Acidity: 6.4 g/litre, pH: 3.42.

Food Match:

Perfect with medium rare venison or fillet steak.



  • Trophy Champion Pinot Noir, International Wine Challenge UK 2012 Red Marlborough Trophy
  • Trophy, Decanter World Wine Awards 2012 Regional Pinot Noir
  • Trophy Champion Pinot Noir, Marlborough Wine Show 2011
  • Gold, AWC Vienna 2012
  • Gold, Marlborough Wine Show 2012
  • Gold, International Wine Challenge, UK 2012
  • Gold, Marlborough Wine Show 2011 - NZ
  • Silver, The New Zealand International Wine Show 2011
  • 4 ½ Stars, Cuisine Magazine - Nov 2011