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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

Rosé

Rose is a pinkish variety, light and crisp. Saint Clair Rose wines are the result of crushing red grapes early on, so that they are not able to impart their colour (or much tannin) to the final wine. With flavours of wild strawberry and cream with hints of raspberry Rose is elegant, fresh and appealing.