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"Clair Family Estate now sits alongside Villa Maria as one of New Zealand’s most awarded wineries. And it’s nice to know it’s still New Zealand family-owned."
Deborah Walton and Peter Morice Timaru Herald, 3 November 2009

Awards & Accolades

Omaka Reserve Pinot Noir 2004

Awards

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

Accolades

“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, sommnet.com 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, regionalwines.co.nz 29 June 2006