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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 Sauvignon Blanc 2005


  • Trophy Best Wine in the Show: International Aromatic Wine Competition, 2005
  • Gold: International Wines & Spirits Competition, London 2006
  • Gold: Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2006
  • Trophy Best Sauvignon Blanc: International Aromatic Wine Competition 2005
  • Gold: International Aromatic Wine Competition 2005
  • Gold: Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2005
  • Gold: Casino Sauvignon Blanc Awards 2005
  • Gold: New Zealand International Wine Awards 2005
  • Gold: International Wine Challenge, London 2006
  • Gold: Royal Hobart Wine Show, November 2005
  • Trophy Best Sauvignon Blanc: Royal Hobart Wine Show, November 2005
  • Silver: Liquorland Top 100 International Wine Competition 2005
  • Bronze: Decanter World Wine Awards 2006
  • 4 ½ Stars: Winestate Magazine March 2006 Issue
  • 4 Stars: Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine, January 2006
  • 4 Stars: Cuisine Magazine, January 2006
  • 89 points: Wine Spectator March 2006


“Ripely scented, fleshy and rounded, this is a deliciously well –balanced wine with good acid spine and concentrated, dried-herb aromas and flavours."
Michael Cooper, John Belsham & Kate Radburnd, Cuisine, 31 January 2006

"Explosive flavours of passion fruit, lime and underlying gooseberry are balanced by mouth watering acidity that flows through to the delicious lingering finish. As much as it is a powerful Sauvignon, it is also impressively elegant showing the class we have come to expect of Saint Clair wines."
5 Stars, April 2006

“Pungent, crisp and exuberant with vivacious grassy flavours paving the way for a tropical fruit fantasy tinged with a splash of lime.”
NZ International Wine Show 2005