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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 Riesling 2003

Awards

  • Silver: International Aromatic Wine Competition, Canterbury A&P Show, 2004
  • Silver: New World Wine Awards, 2004
  • Silver: Liquorland top 100 International Wine Competition, 2004
  • Bronze: New Zealand Wine Society Easter Awards 2004
  • 4 Stars: Winestate, May/June 2004
  • 4 Stars: Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines, 2005
  • Peters Picks: Peter Saunder's Food & Beverage Marketplace, November 2004