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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

Awards & Accolades

Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2003


  • Gold: Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2003
  • Gold: US Old Ebbit 2003
  • Gold: New Zealand Wine Society Easter Awards 2004
  • Silver: Liquorland Top 100 September 2003
  • Silver: New Zealand Home and Entertaining Magazine January 2004
  • Silver: International Wine & Spirit Competition 2004
  • Silver: Indiana State Fair International Wine Competition 2004
  • Bronze: The Vintage Cellars National Wine Show of Australia 2003
  • Bronze: International Wine Challenge 2004
  • Bronze: Liquorland International Top 100 2002
  • 4 Stars: Bob Campbell, Cuisine, January 2004
  • 4 Stars: Gourmet Traveller Wine 2004
  • 3 ½ Stars: Winestate Magazine, May/June 2004
  • Top 10: Peter Saunder's Food & Beverage Marketplace 2003