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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.
Saint Clair’s 'state of the art' winery is situated equal distance between Saint Clair's Awatere Valley Vineyard and Wairau Valley Vineyards.
Architect Neal Charles Jones and Saint Clair's Chief Winemaker, Matt Thomson, combined their extensive experience to design Saint Clair Estate's state of the art winery.
Built for production from the 2006 harvest, the winery is capable of crushing 400 tonnes of fruit per day. It features state of the art equipment including high-tec refrigeration control and monitoring software to further enhance the quality of Saint Clair award-winning wines.
The Riverland's Estate location was chosen as an ideal position for the new winery due to its central location and proximity to Saint Clair's main vineyards. The site has adjoining facilities for bottling, storage and dispatch.
The winery boasts a large temperature controlled barrel hall for storage of up to 850 oak barriques.
The Saint Clair Family Estate winery is extremely functional and continues to be developed to meet the specific needs for Saint Clair's quality wine production.