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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.
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Decanter Win for Saint Clair Family Estate

12 June 2017

Saint Clair Family Estate is celebrating an outstanding achievement at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2017. The Saint Clair Pioneer Block 9 Big John Riesling 2016 achieved a Platinum Best in Category award, for the best New Zealand Riesling.
Two gold medals were also awarded to Saint Clair at this prestigious wine show.
GOLD - Saint Clair Premium Pinot Noir 2015 
GOLD – Saint Clair Pioneer Block 1 Foundation Sauvignon Blanc 2016
The 2017 world wine event is now the world’s largest wine competition with over 17,200 entries. 219 expert judges, including 65 Masters of Wine and 20 Master Sommeliers have the task of rewarding excellence.
Saint Clair Family Estate director Neal Ibbotson comments; “we feel incredibly proud that our wines, judged blind, are consistently rewarded for their level of quality. Our open-minded approach to excellence in the vineyard, the winery and across all facets of the business, is imperative to achieving this.”
The award success is the result of dedication and upmost professionalism of the entire Saint Clair team – a tribute to the family owned Marlborough winery.