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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

Marlborough Pinot Noir 2004


  • Blue Gold: Sydney International Wine Competition 2006
  • Bronze: Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2005
  • 4 ½ Stars: Christchurch Star
  • 4 ½ Stars: Winestate Magazine March 2006 Issue
  • 3 ½ Stars: Cuisine Magazine, November 2005


"A bright cherry and plum flavoured wine that has lots of freshness and appeal. There is oak in support but this is a fruit focussed, vibrant wine intended for early consumption."
The Team, Wine NZ, 31 July 2005

“Cheery aroma with fresh vibrant flavours of peppery spice and cherries. A nice hint of minerality gives an exotic twist to this good Marlborough wine with light tannins.”
Greymouth Evening Star, 13 August 2005