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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

Rapaura Reserve Merlot 2003

Awards

  • Silver: Bragato Wine Awards 2004
  • Bronze: Bragato Wine Awards 2005
  • Bronze: NZ International Wine Show 2005
  • 4 Stars: Winestate 2005
  • Peters Picks: Peter Saunders, Food & Beverage Marketplace, May 2005

Accolades

"...Is fine fruity merlot from Marlborough with deep sweet-fruit flavour, poise and concentration, smooth fine tannin and a subtle under-pinning of oak."
Tim Harris, NZ Herald Canvas, 21 May 2005


"...It has elegance and warmth. A toasty, autumnal wine with nary a jammy note to be found. A toast to winemaker Matt Thomson."
Kate Fraser, The Press, 30 June 2005