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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

Awards & Accolades

Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2003

Awards

  • NZ Sauvignon Blanc Trophy: International Wine Challenge 2004
  • Trophy Champion Sauvignon Blanc: Winestate Magazine Wine of the Year, November 2004
  • International Sauvignon Blanc Trophy: Decanter World Wine Awards 2004
  • International Sauvignon Blanc Trophy: International Wine Challenge 2004
  • NZ Sauvignon Blanc Trophy: Decanter World Wine Awards 2004
  • Gold Medal and Champion Sauvignon Blanc Trophy: New Zealand Wine Society Easter Awards 2004
  • Gold: NZ Home and Entertaining Magazine, January 2004
  • Gold: International Wine Challenge 2004
  • Gold: Air New Zealand Wine Awards, November 2003
  • Gold: Decanter World Wine Awards, October 2004
  • Gold Medal and Showcase Award: Casino South Island Awards 2003
  • Blue Gold: Sydney International Wine Competition 2004
  • Bronze: Royal Hobart Wine Show 2003
  • 4 ½ Stars: Winestate, May/June 2004
  • 4 Stars: Cuisine Magazine 2004 
  • 93 points: NZ Home & Entertaining Magazine June/July 2004
  • 91 points: Wine Spectator, 2004, Vol. 3 No. 22
  • 90 points: The Wine Advocate, Robert M. Parker Jr, 2004, Issue 155