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"Every single Sauvignon Blanc this company makes is delicious."
Lauraine Jacobs 29/03/2010
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

Omaka Reserve Pinot Noir 2004


  • Gold: Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2006
  • Bronze: International Wines & Spirits Competition 2006
  • Bronze: Wine & Spirits Asia Challenge 2006
  • 3 ½ Stars: Winestate Magazine, Issue March 2006
  • 3 ½ Stars: Cuisine New Zealand Pinot Noir Tasting 2006


“Marlborough, floral, plummy, dried herbs bouquet, cherry, mushroom and smoky oak flavours. Good balance, and a firm-but still a bit blunt-tannins. Softening and improvement lie ahead.”
Graeme Barrow, Wanganui Chronicle, 8 April 2006

“Oozing delicious fungal, forest floor characters (a good thing for pinot, believe me) along with baked walnut, toasty oak and rich, smoky characters. The tannins are solid but slippery, and this wine’s got a long life to live.”

Yvonne Dudman, Hawkes Bay Today, 8 April 2006

“Fresh impact backed with ripe, succulent, deep set fruit that comes on in waves. All fruit luxury, with some minor touches of spice and a slight tannin tweak at the finish. Fruit lingers well, and leaves a luxurious impression.”
Keith Stewart, 2 May 2006

“Full and soft on palate with complexing forest-floor and earthy components. Richness of fruit shows, and development with the forest-floor, good extraction and more than medium weighted".
Raymond Chan, 29 June 2006