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"Clair Family Estate now sits alongside Villa Maria as one of New Zealand’s most awarded wineries. And it’s nice to know it’s still New Zealand family-owned."
Deborah Walton and Peter Morice Timaru Herald, 3 November 2009

Awards & Accolades

Omaka Reserve Pinot Noir 2003


  • 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


“... 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