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Saint Clair - Block 14 Doctor's Creek Reserve Pinot Noir 2015

Information

  • Country: New Zealand
  • Wine Region: Marlborough
  • Wine Area: Doctor's Creek
  • Wine Maker: Matt Thompson
  • Grape: Pinot Noir
  • Grape Percentage: 100%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 13.5%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2018
Duty/Vat Paid
VS: 88 (2011) JR: 16 (2011) WS: 88 (2012) JS: 91 (2015) JS: 92 (2017) JG: 94 (2016)

Wine tasting notes

Bright ruby. Lifted delicate aromatics with red currant, raspberry, black current and spice. Round and full on the palate 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.

Winery Information

Saint Clair

Saint Clair is owned by viticulture pioneers Neal and Judy Ibbotson who planted their first vines in 1978. They originally supplied their grapes to local wineries, but established the Saint Clair Family Wine Estate in 1994 to produce their own wines. The Saint Clair name originated from the vineyard property – first settled by the Sinclair family. Sinclair is a derivation of the original French Saint-Clair. They own 160 hectares of vineyards in 10 different Marlborough locations.. read more

Expert Reviews

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2011)88 pts

Sep/Oct 12. By Stephen Tanzer. Pale bright red. Cherry and spice aromas are weighed down by oak. The palate shows more depth of sweet, juicy red fruit to support the wine's significant oakiness than this producer's other 2011 pinot offerings, and finishes with more breadth. But I'd still like to see a subtler hand with the wood.

JancisRobinson.com (2011)16 pts

Fresh and effortful on the nose. But not that distinguished. Sweet candy and sufficient acidity but not much marriage between the two. Chewy end.

Wine Spectator (2012)88 pts

Web Only 2014 - Shows an appealing tang to the cherry and cranberry flavors, with a tight focus and plenty of spice box and cedar accents. Offers a firm texture. Drink now through 2025.

James Suckling (2015)91 pts

Very floral with crushed roses and geraniol as well as light red fruits such as cherries and strawberries. The palate has transparent, spaced-out layers of fine tannins and is very approachable and open-knit. Drink now.

James Suckling (2017)92 pts

Quite perfumed, lighter florals here that give way to bright strawberry and raspberry aromas. The palate has attractive, bright and fresh red-fruit flavors with crisp, chalky tannins holding it fresh and long. Drink now.

Jamie Goode (2016)94 pts

On New Renwick Road opposite Wither Hills winery. 10% whole bunch, 30% new oak. On the border of where the clay meets the gravels. Beautifully aromatic with floral cherry fruit, showing roses and violets as well as sweet fruit. The palate is really fresh and vivid with raspberry and cherry fruit, and a nice juiciness. Lovely weight here: a striking, direct wine with nice intensity.

Vinification Notes

The fruit was harvested when it had reached full physiological ripeness and maximum flavour maturity. At the winery the fruit was held cold for four to five days prior to ferment to help extract maximum flavour and to enhance colour stability. Cultured yeasts were used to ferment the wine and during ferment the must was hand plunged up to six times daily. Once dry, each batch was pressed to tank and then racked off gross lees to 40 per cent New French oak. The wine then underwent malolactic fermentation and was aged for ten months in barrel before being blended and carefully prepared for bottling.