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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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A Growing Global Reputation

24 July 2006

Neal and Judy Ibbotson, owners Saint Clair Estate Wines 2006 Saint Clair Estate Wines has achieved two top results on the international wine stage this month.

Saint Clair Omaka Reserve Chardonnay 2004 received a Gold Medal and Best in Class Award at the 2006 International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) held in London. The IWSC is the premier competition of its kind in the world. Its aim is to promote the quality and excellence of the world's best wines, spirits and liqueurs. All wines are blind tasted in groups divided by variety, region and vintage as necessary. Awards are made on the Olympic principle and sponsored trophies are presented in selected categories.

Neal Ibbotson, owner of Saint Clair, comments, “This is an incredible result and it is great to see our top Chardonnay performing so well in international wine competitions.”

Meanwhile, on another continent, Saint Clair Estate Wines was named as the producer of the best Sauvignon Blanc at the San Francisco International Wine Competition – the largest and most prestigious wine competition in America. The title of best varietal winner and a double gold medal went to Saint Clair for its Vicar’s Choice Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006.

Neal Ibbotson comments, “The international recognition is phenomenal and we find an increasing profile and sales for Saint Clair in the markets where these awards are gained.