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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.
Awards & Accolades
Vicar's Choice Chardonnay 2006
- Bronze: Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2007
- Bronze: Liquorland Top 100, 2007
- 4 Stars: Cuisine Magazine, March 2007
- 90 points: Wine Spectator 05/07 USA
"The Vicar's Choice Chardonnay is fresh with bright stone and citrus fruit, just a tickle of creaminess from oak and malolactic fermentation, and a nice intensity on the aftertaste."
Charmian Smith, Otago Daily Times, 4 July 2007
"This is an easy drinking Chardonnay with ripe peach and pineapple flavours with creamy complexity and a whisper of oak. The palate is juicy and fruity with a lovely smooth texture. Just delicious."
Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, July 2007
"It is peachy and tropical with good acidity and freshness. A good chardonnay for those who don't like them too oaky and overblown, and it went down a treat with chicken and pickled ginger pie."
Manawatu Standard, 5 May 2007