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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

Vicar's Choice Sauvignon Blanc 2004

Awards

  • Bronze: New World Wine Awards 2005
  • Bronze: Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2004
  • 91 points: Wine Spectator 2005
  • 3 ½ Stars: Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines 2005
  • 3 Stars: Cuisine Magazine 2005
  • 3 Stars: Winestate 2005
  • Best Buy: TiZWine.com, October 2004

Accolades

“Marlborough, light-bodied and fresh, with passionfruit and capsicum aromas and flavours.”

Graeme Barrow, Bay of Plenty Times, 19 April 2005


“This wine was like a summer fruit salad of flavours to me. But the Vicar’s tastes included “flavours of guava and nettles”. Maybe I need to go to communion more but at $16.95, I don’t mind sharing different taste experience with the Vicar.”
Robyn Martin, NZ Woman's Weekly, 22 August 2005