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"Saint Clair now makes the country’s and perhaps the world’s best Sauvignon Blanc. Saint Clair has won more top awards for Sauvignon Blanc in recent years than any of the three or four hundred other local producers. Although Sauvignon Blanc is clearly Saint Clair’s signature wine it has also earned trophies for Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir, and Riesling over the same period."
Bob Campbell, Master of Wine Air New Zealand In Flight Magazine

Awards & Accolades

Rapaura Reserve Merlot 2004


  • Silver: Air NZ Wine Awards 2005
  • Bronze: Royal Easter Wine Show 2006


“Intense magenta-black, with aromas of cracked pepper, blackened meat, ripe plum and blackcurrant characters. Very drinkable, with fresh berryfruit, eucalypt and molasses on the palate."
Yvonne Dudman, Hawkes Bay Today, 29 April 2006

“It has deep and brillant colour, and the nose is rich and smooth aromas of plums and other rich fruit. The palate is rich fruit cake flavours of plums, currants and earthly oak. It has very soft tannins and is nicely balanced to linger in the mouth.”
Peter Shaw, Waikato Times, 31 May 2006

"This is a fruity open-knit, friendly merlot, with impressions of tamarillos and plums overlaid by hints of vanillary oak. The Tannins are soft, which makes it quite accessible at this stage, although it does have a lively spine of crisp acidity which tightens the structure."
Ivan Donaldson, The Press, 1 June 2006