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The single vineyard ‘Pioneer Block’ wines of Saint Clair require separate handling, the winery using 250 small tanks to manage this. The amount of detail for winemakers Matt Thomson and Hamish Clark and their team is considerable, but the result is a fascinating range of wines that express their origin and site. In essence Saint Clair is bottling ‘terroir’ for keen wine enthusiasts to ponder and enjoy. The quality per se of the ‘Pioneer Block’ wines has been extremely high as well, reflecting the identification of superior as well as individual vineyards by Saint Clair’s owner Neal Ibbotson.
Raymond Chan www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz

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Saint Clair Royal Easter Show Wine Awards Success 2017

22 February 2017

Saint Clair Family Estate has been awarded an astounding five gold medals at the Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2017. The annual Royal Easter Show Wine Awards is New Zealand’s oldest national wine competition.
 
The following Saint Clair Family Estate wines were awarded gold medals;
Saint Clair Marlborough Premium Chardonnay 2015
Saint Clair James Sinclair Hawke’s Bay Cabernet-Merlot 2015
Saint Clair Pioneer Block 17 Plateau Cabernet-Merlot 2015
Saint Clair Marlborough Premium Pinot Noir 2015
Saint Clair Marlborough Premium Pinot Gris Rosé 2016
 
Achieving such a high standard across a range of wines and price points within the Saint Clair Family Estate portfolio illustrates an ability to excel within a large number of varietals. The gold medal line up includes two wines sourced from Saint Clair’s own vineyard within the Gimblett Gravels winegrowing district in Hawke’s Bay.  
 
Managing Director Neal Ibbotson comments, “We have been able to achieve these results through our incredibly dedicated team.  We feel very proud that our wines consistently achieve top class status from well respected wine shows such as this.  Our open minded approach to quality viticulture is imperative to achieving such a high standard”. 
 
Saint Clair Family Estate is proud to be recognised by such an event for its outstanding achievement. This consistent award success along with the quality focus of the entire team has lead Saint Clair Family Estate to being recognized as one of New Zealand’s most awarded wineries.