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So far, the 2011s show plenty of promise and some pretty terrific wines and values. At the top of the list, not surprisingly, is Saint Clair. Saint Clair winemaker Matt Thomson is passionate about Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, and he's exploring the region in depth with the Pioneer Block series, which focuses on select parcels and vineyard sites. I like those wines very much but the reserve bottling is truly the standout - aromatic and elegant, and wonderfully delicious.
MaryAnn Worobiec Wine Spectator

Awards & Accolades

Omaka Reserve Pinot Noir 2003

Awards

  • Gold: Mondial du Pinot Noir, Switzerland 2005
  • Silver: Liquorland Top 100, 2005
  • Bronze: Royal Hobart International Wine Show 2004
  • Bronze: NZ Wine Society Easter Awards 2005
  • Bronze: Bragato Wine Awards 2004
  • Bronze: NZ International Wine Show 2005
  • Bronze: Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2004
  • 4 ½ Stars: Cuisine Magazine, November 2005
  • 4 Stars: Winestate 2006
  • 4 Stars: Winestate 2005

Accolades

“... a lovely, rich, mellow character: plenty of dark plum, spice and berry flavours with smooth, well-integrated tannins and a silky finish. It is big and lush, yet surpisingly elegant.”
Jane Skilton, The Independent, 5 April 2006


“Wonderfully aromatic with forest floor, lush fruit, and tea leafy characters. On the palate it’s a beautifully textured wine with black cherry flavours and loads of aging potential.”
Hawkes Bay Today, 30 July 2005


"A highly perfumed wine with a strong 'fruits of the forest' character. Glossy, opulent plum and raspberry fruit flavours, a touch of French oak and a lingering, concentrated finish. Good stuff."
The Team, Wine NZ, July 2005