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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

Pioneer Block 1 Foundation Sauvignon Blanc 2005


  • Gold: Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2005
  • Gold: International Wines & Spirits Competition, London 2006
  • Silver: Bragato Wine Awards 2005
  • Silver: International Wine Challenge, London 2006
  • Silver: Bragato Wine Awards 2006
  • Bronze: The International Aromatic Wine Competition, Canterbury A & P Show 2005
  • Bronze: Decanter World Wine Awards 2006
  • 5 Stars: Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine 2006
  • 4 ½ Stars: Cuisine Magazine, January 2006
  • 4 Stars: Winestate 2006
  • Top 10: NZ Home & Entertaining Magazine (Bob Campbell MW) 2006


"From a slightly cooler corner of the Lower Wairau Valley, this offering from winemaker Matt Thomson is a serious affair. Pale straw in appearance and as crisp as white linen, with hints of lime and more obvious passionfruit flavours, and a generous finish. Recommended."
Matt Philp, The Press, 6 April 2006

"Intense and pungent, blackcurrant, tomato leaf and gooseberries, ripe fruit, fresh but gentle acidity, good balance."
Graeme Burrow, Northern Advocate, 24 December 2005