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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 www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz

Awards & Accolades

Vicar's Choice Sauvignon Blanc 2005

Awards

  • Gold: Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2006
  • Bronze: International Aromatic Wine Competition, Canterbury A & P Show 2005
  • Bronze: NZ International Wine Show 2005
  • Bronze: Liquorland Top 100 International Wine Competition 2005
  • 4 ½ Stars: Peter Saunders,Winestate Nov/Dec 2005
  • 4 ½ Stars: Winestate 2006

Accolades

“One of the nicest sauvignon blancs I've tasted in a while, this is lively and full of varietal character without becoming excessively herbal. Bursts with fruit, with a fine crisp finish.”
Ben Giliberti, WashingtonPost.com 25 January 2006


“This is more tropical-fruity than is usual in a Marlborough savvy, but nicely balanced and reasonably crisp.”

Capital Times, 12 April 2006


"Bright and juicy, with distinct green pea and lime peel aromas and flavors, finishing with a touch of grapefruit."(87 points)
Wine Spectator, April 2006