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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 Sauvignon Blanc 2007

Awards

  • Gold: Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2008
  • Silver: Liquorland Top 100, 2007
  • Bronze: The New Zealand International Wine Show 2007
  • 5 Stars: Cuisine Magazine 2008

Accolades

"Chrisp vibrant full of fruit style a perfect match for that summer seafood salad. Long sweet finish and very smartly priced."
Glenda Neil, www.vinote.com, January Best Buys 2008


"The aroma is predominantly grapefruit, and it's nicely balanced with a little chalk and lemongrass. The taste is right on... much more balanced than most wines made these days." (91 points)
Mark Tarbell, www.azcentral.com, 27 February 2008


"A classic example of the popular variety that has made our wine industry world famous. Lots of lovely herbal, almost green tea, flavours that will go wonderfully with vegetable soups."
Lauraine Jacobs, Sunday Star Times, 17 February 2008