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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

Vicar's Choice Pinot Noir 2004


  • Bronze: New World Wine Awards 2005
  • 3 ½ Stars: Winestate Magazine, March 2006


“Very fruity and fresh, perfect for salmon or first courses of poultry or light meat.”

Ben Giliberti, Washington, 25 January 2006

“With sweet cherries up front and a smoky savoury palate, this medium-bodied wine ia a true pinot. Great value at $16.”

Glenda Neil, Next Magazine, 13 January 2005

“A lighter weight wine that will suit almost anything except the heaviest of dark red meat dishes! Fantastic introductory Pinot Noir at this price.”
Raymond Chan, Grapevine, July 2005

“Smooth silky Marlborough wine with spicy aromas and licorice and cherry flavours. Luscious, light and easy with gentle tannins.”
Greymouth Evening Star, 12 November 2005