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So far, the 2011s show plenty of promise and some pretty terrific wines and values. At the top of the list, not surprisingly, is Saint Clair. Saint Clair winemaker Matt Thomson is passionate about Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, and he's exploring the region in depth with the Pioneer Block series, which focuses on select parcels and vineyard sites. I like those wines very much but the reserve bottling is truly the standout - aromatic and elegant, and wonderfully delicious.
MaryAnn Worobiec Wine Spectator

Awards & Accolades

Omaka Reserve Chardonnay 2004


  • Trophy Top of Class: International Wine & Spirit Competition London 2006
  • Gold: International Wine & Spirit Competition, London 2006
  • Silver: Liquorland International Top 100 2006
  • Silver: NZ International Wine Show 2006
  • 4 ½ Stars: Winestate - Marlborough Tasting 2007
  • 4 ½ Stars: Best of Recent Releases Winestate 2006
  • 90 points: Wine Spectator July 2006
  • Seal of Approval: International Wine Competition, London 2006
  • Peters Picks: Peter Saunder's Food & Beverage Marketplace, March 2006


“Marlborough, peachy and nutty, creamy, yeasty and quite oaky."

Graeme Barrow, Bay of Plenty Times, 31 January 2006

“Smooth, seamless, powerful and creamy with beautifully integrated toasty oak, caramel, a spicy complexity and a lingering nuance of grapefruit.”
Sue Courtney, Food Service, 30 April 2006

“Full, broad, richly oaky nose with matching ripe stone fruit aromas. Soft, but powerful. Palate echoes the nose, with rich, sweet fruit and powerful oak flavours. Deep and solid, the mealiness developing intensity.”
Raymond Chan,, 29 June 2006