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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

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