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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 Pinot Noir 2006

Awards

  • Silver: Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2007
  • Bronze: The New Zealand International Wine Show 2007
  • Bronze: Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2006
  • Bronze: Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2006
  • Bronze: Liquorland Top 100, 2007
  • 4 Stars: Cuisine NZ Pinot Noir Tasting 2007

Accolades

"Easy soft red from Marlborough with pleasing flavours of cherries and nutmeg. Fine for turning a white wine drinker on to reds."
Greymouth Star, 2 May 2007


"A wine that tastes much classier than it's modest pice tag would suggest. The wine has an earthy, plummy aroma, is moderately fruity and has a full, slightly dry finish."
Jane Skilton, The Foodtown Magazine, 31 May 2007


"Here is another very drinkable cheapie with bright fruit, a peppery, savoury hint and good aftertaste."
Charmian Smith, Otago Daily Times, 11 July 2007