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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

Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2004


  • Runner-Up Trophy Champion Sauvignon Blanc: Winestate Magazine, Runner-up Sauvignon Blanc of the Year 2005
  • Trophy International Sauvignon Blanc: Decanter World Wine Awards, London 2005
  • Trophy for Sauvignon Blanc: International Wine & Spirit Competition 2005
  • Best in Class - Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc: International Wine & Spirit Competition London 2005
  • Trophy Regional NZ Sauvignon Blanc: Decanter World Wine Awards, London 2005
  • Trophy Top of Class: Tri Nations Wine Awards 2004
  • Gold: Casino First Taste Sauvignon Awards 2004
  • Trophy Best Sauvignon Blanc: International Aromatic Wine Competition Canterbury A & P Show 2004
  • Gold: Home & Entertaining Magazine Dec 04/Jan 05, Bob Campbell MW
  • Gold: International Aromatic Wine Competition canterbury A & P Show 2004
  • Gold: Decanter World Wine Awards London 2005
  • Gold: Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2004
  • Gold: New Zealand Wine Society Easter Awards 2005
  • Gold: Royal Hobart International Wine Show 2004
  • Gold: International Wine & Spirits Competition, London 2005
  • Trophy Supreme Sauvignon Blanc: Casino First Taste Sauvignon Blanc Awards 2004
  • Silver: Japan Wine Challenge 2005
  • 4 ½ Stars: Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines 2005
  • 4 ½ Stars: Winestate
  • 4 Stars: Cuisine Magazine January 2005
  • 90 points: Top 100 Wine Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine April 2005
  • Seal of Approval: International Wine Challenge 2005
  • Peters Picks: Peter Saunders Food & Beverage Marketplace, November 2004