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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

Awards & Accolades

Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006


  • Gold: Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2006
  • 5 Star Cuisine and Number 5 in Top 10: Cuisine Magazine NZ Sauvignon Blanc Tasting 2007
  • Gold: New Zealand International Wine Show 2006
  • Gold: Liquorland International Top 100 Wine Competition 2006
  • Silver: Royal Hobart International Wine Show 2006
  • Silver: International Wine Challenge London 2007
  • Silver: New World Wine Awards 2006
  • Bronze: Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2007
  • Bronze: Decanter World Wine Awards, London 2007
  • 5 Stars: Bob Campbell MW, Gourmet Traveller Wine, Dec/Jan 2007
  • 4 Stars: Winestate - Marlborough Tasting 2007
  • 99 points: Just Wine Points 2007
  • 91 points: Wine Spectator December 2006
  • 89 points: International Wine Cellar, Stephen Tanzer, USA 2007


“Full, deep and pungent nose with sweat and passionfruit. Ripe and sweet. Absolutely superb on bouquet. Dry, with wonderful aromatics to the fruit on palate.”
Raymond Chan, 29 June 2006

Jack Robertiello, 25 August 2006

Sue Courtney, First Glass Wines & Spirits, 23 August 2006

"This stunner grabs you from the very start with its intense gooseberry and passionfruit aromas. Crisp in the mouth, the flavors are every bit as intense – passionfruit, limes and grapefruit flavors abound. New Zealand has raised the bar on Sauvignon Blanc with this one."
Dr. Randy Buckner, Wine Writer, Tacoma News Tribune WA, December 2006