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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 Merlot 2005


  • Silver: NZ International Wine Show 2006
  • Bronze: Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2007
  • Bronze: Bragato Wine Awards 2006
  • Bronze: Liquorland International Top 100 2006
  • 4 Stars: Recent Releases, Winestate 2006
  • 4 Stars: Winestate - Marlborough Tasting 2007
  • Bobs Top Value Picks: Taste NZ Magazine, Bob Campbell 2007