Saint Clair Pioneer Block 14 Doctor’s Creek Pinot Noir 2017

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


Produced from the Doctor’s Creek vineyard, south-west of Blenheim.


Soils: Clay rich, vigour moderating soil

Topography: Flat, even land

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

Regional characteristics and contribution to uniqueness of flavours:

The cooler Doctor’s Creek area consistently produces fragrant and appealing aromatics.


The fruit was sourced from Saint Clair’s own vineyard at Doctor’s Creek. The grapes harvested for this wine are from clones 115 and 667 with a whole cluster component of 9 per cent.


Deep dark red.


Aromatic floral notes combined with red berry notes and a slight earthy richness.


Full bodied with Morello cherry flavours and a fine silky structure showing fresh vanilla pod, blackberry and blueberry with spice on the finish.


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


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 flavour and to enhance colour stability. A small amount of whole cluster (9 per cent) was added to the fermentation to add a stems component to the mix. Specially selected cultured yeast were 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, then racked off gross lees to a mixture of 40 per cent new French oak and older seasoned 225 litre oak barriques.

During maturation the barrels were regularly tasted until the right balance was achieved (ten months). During this time in oak, the young wine completed malolactic fermentation. The wine was then carefully extracted from oak, blended and prepared for bottling.

Wine analysis:

Alcohol 13.5% v/v, Titratable Acidity 5.5g/litre, pH 3.61

Food match:

Perfectly matched with rack of lamb and new potatoes.