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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 make Chardonnay in a number of different styles.
The Saint Clair Omaka Reserve, which is a full bodied style and not for the faint hearted!
The Saint Clair Pioneer Block Chardonnay’s explore the use of French and American oak. The wines reflect both the terroir and the individual nature of the winemaking.
The Premium Range Chardonnay has light oak treatment to add complexity to the dominant fruit flavours.
The Unoaked Marlborough Chardonnay has secondary malo-lactic fermentation that provides added complexity to produce a wine enjoyed by people preferring a lighter style of Chardonnay.
Saint Clair Vicar’s Choice Chardonnay is medium bodied with bright flavours of stone fruit and youthful and creamy acidity.
Saint Clair Pioneer Block Chardonnay