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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

Marlborough Chardonnay 2003

Awards

  • Silver 85 Points: NZ Home & Entertaining Magazine June/July 2004
  • Silver: New World Wine Awards 2005
  • Bronze: International Chardonnay Challenge 2004
  • Bronze: New Zealand Wine Society Easter Awards 2004
  • Bronze: Liquorland Top 100 International Wine Competition 2004
  • Bronze: Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2004
  • 4 Stars: Gourmet Traveller Wine 2004
  • 4 Stars: Gourmet Traveller Wine, Spring 2004
  • 3 Stars: Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide to New Zeland Wines 2005
  • 3 Stars: Winestate, May/June 2004
  • 3 Stars: Winestate Magazine 2005 Regional Tasting