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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 Pinot Noir 2006


  • Silver: Perth Royal Wine Show 2007
  • Silver: International Wine Challenge, London 2007
  • Bronze: The New Zealand International Wine Show 2007
  • Bronze: The International Wine and Sprit Competition 2007
  • Bronze: Decanter World Wine Awards, London 2007
  • Bronze: Royal Hobart International Wine Show 2006
  • Bronze: Liquorland Top 100 International Wine Competition, 2007
  • 3 ½ Stars: Winestate Marlborough Tasting 2007
  • 88 points: International Wine Cellar, Stephen Tanzer, USA 2007
  • 87 points: Wine Enthusiast Magazine - May 2007
  • 86 points: Wine Spectator Magazine USA, 2007


"This Marlborough pinot has a blood-red hue, a soft currant nose, a sharpish berry flavour and a more subdued cherry aftertaste."
Brian Prebble, The Press, 26 April 2007

"Lifted aromas of black forest gateaux, with some earthy, lush spices and baked strawberry and plum characters showing through. It is fleshy, ripe and smooth to drink, oozing classic pinot flavours. Amazing value!"
Yvonne-Marie Lorkin, Havelock North Village Press, 26 June 2007

"The palate is gamey and dressed with raspberry and boysenberry. This wine has good bones and will make old bones if cellared."
Mike East, Avenues Magazine, 30 June 2007