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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 Sauvignon Blanc 2002

Awards

  • Gold: Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2002
  • Gold: US Old Ebbit 2002
  • Silver: The Wine Review, Singapore 2003
  • Bronze: International Wines and Spirits Competition, London June 2003
  • Bronze: New Zealand Wine Society Easter Awards 2003
  • 5 Stars: Winestate Magazine, May/June 2003
  • 5 Stars: Cuisine Magazine, January 2003
  • 89 points: Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate USA, August 2003
  • 88 points: Wine Spectator, July 2003