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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 2007


  • Trophy: Christchurch Casino First Taste Sauvignon Blanc Awards 2007
  • NZ Sauvignon Blanc Trophy: Decanter World Wine Awards, London 2008
  • Trophy Champion Sauvignon Blanc: Liquorland Top 100, 2007
  • Gold: Liquorland Top 100 International Wine Competition 2007
  • Gold: Old Ebbit Grill Competition 2007
  • Gold: The New Zealand International Wine Show 2007
  • Silver: Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2007
  • Bronze: The International Wine and Spirit Competition 2007
  • Bronze: International Aromatic Wine Competition 2007
  • 5 Stars: Winestate Magazine 2007
  • 5 Stars: Wine Orbit Review, September 2007
  • 4 Stars: Cuisine Magazine 2007
  • 89 points: Steven Tanzer's Internatinal Wine Cellar Sept/Oct 08 USA
  • 89 points: Top Value 2008 Wine Spectator Jan/Feb 09 USA
  • 88 points: Rober Parker's The Wine Advocate 04/08


"Intense passionfruit bouquet, juicy ripe fruit with passionfruit and nettley flavours and some minerality, The acidity is fresh and tingling and the balance and concentration are good."
Graeme Barrow, Northern Advocate, 28 July 2007

"Stand back when you open this, because the aromas spring from the bottle the moment the cap is unscrewed - you can actually detect the wine across a small room."
Michael Hooper, Viva FM Network, July 2007

"The first of the new season's wine has arrived and shows all the promise expected of the 2007 vintage. Crisp sweet citrus and herbs youthfully and full of promise..."
Glenda Neil,, 8 August 2007

"This sauvignon is chock-full of that green, grassy goodness that I love, and if this is any indication of what 07 was like for Marlborough sauvignon - bring it on."
Yvonne-Marie Lorkin, Manawatu Standard, 4 August 2007

"Crammed with vibrantly aromatic passionfruit and gooseberry and lime on the nose, the aroma is reminiscent of last year's stunning Block 6. It's light lemon gold in colour and juicy and zesty in the palate with vibrant fruit, sweet pea, summer herbs and a powerful, pungent, tangy finish."

Sue Courtney August 07