Saint Clair Pioneer Block 14 Doctors Creek Pinot Noir 2019
Elegant palate which is bright and highly aromatic. Fine-grained texture and an impressively long complex finish of spice and lightly roasted coffee.
Saint Clair's Pioneer Block 14 Doctor's Creek Pinot is quite a mouthful in name and taste!
Fruit for the Pioneer Block 14 was sourced from Saint Clair's own vineyard at Doctor's Creek, south-west of Blenheim in the Southern Clays area, and is named after a small creek at the northern end of a vineyard which produces consistent exceptional wine quality, and where the Ibbotson family used to search for eels back in the 1970s. It was aged in a combination of new oak French oak, and older seasoned oak barriques for 10 months.
Saint Clair was established in 1978 by the husband and wife team of Neal and Judy Ibbotson, who were true pioneers of Marlborough, which back then was a largely untapped and undiscovered wine region. The Saint Clair name originates from the vineyard property they took over, originally planted by James Sinclair.
Saint Clair remains a family business and the Ibbotsons are aided by son Tony and daughters Sarina and Julie who take care of marketing and sales. They also employ one of New Zealands leading winemaking teams.
Gold New Zealand International Wine Show 2020
Silver IWC 2021
Aromatic floral notes combine with tobacco leaf and freshly turned dried earth. An elegant palate which is bright and highly aromatic. A perfectly balanced acidity blends seamlessly with the fine grained texture and an impressive long complex finish of spice and lightly roasted coffee.