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Saint Clair 2005 Vintage

Saint Clair
Doctors Creek Reserve Pinot Noir 2005

A rounded, luscious Pinot Noir with a soft, full palate and well-balanced acidity.


Matt Thomson


Ruby red


Redcurrant and plums mingled with lifted floral hints, intergrated with underlying warm and savoury and smoky oak characters.


A rounded, luscious Pinot Noir with a soft, full palate and well-balanced acidity. Good length of fruit with flavours dominate by redcurrant and cherries, complemented by hints of plums and forest floor. Oak ageing has lent warm savoury notes on the palate with a full lingering finish.

Ageing potential:

This wine may be enjoyed young or patient cellaring will be rewarded for two to three years from vintage date.


The grapes were de-stemmed and must chilled in small open top stainless steel fermenters. Each batch of fruit was cold soaked for four to five days to help extract maximum flavour and to enhance colour stability. A mixture of indigenous and cultured yeasts was employed to carry out the primary alcoholoic fermentation during which the fermenting must was hand plunged up to six times daily. At dryness each batch was pressed to tank and then racked off gross lees to a mixture of new and used French oak. The wine was inoculated for malolactic fermentation and was aged for 12 months on lees before being blended, stabilized, lightly egg white fined and then prepared for bottling.


Sourced from several low cropping vineyards in Marlborough, primarily from Saint Clair's own site at Doctor's Creek, the fruit was picked at optimum ripeness then carefully transported to the winery.


Alcohol: 13.5%, Titratable Acidity: 6.1g/litre, pH: 3.62.

Food match:

Ideal with spring lamb, chicken, duck, tuna or fresh Marlborough salmon.



  • Blue-Gold Medal and Top 100 Wine, Sydney International Wine Competition 2007