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So far, the 2011s show plenty of promise and some pretty terrific wines and values. At the top of the list, not surprisingly, is Saint Clair. Saint Clair winemaker Matt Thomson is passionate about Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, and he's exploring the region in depth with the Pioneer Block series, which focuses on select parcels and vineyard sites. I like those wines very much but the reserve bottling is truly the standout - aromatic and elegant, and wonderfully delicious.
MaryAnn Worobiec Wine Spectator

Awards & Accolades

Omaka Reserve Chardonnay 2006


  • Silver: Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2007
  • Silver: Liquorland Top 100, 2007
  • Silver: Bragato Wine Awards 2007
  • Bronze: The International Wine and Spirit Competition 2007
  • Bronze: The New Zealand International Wine Show 2007
  • Bronze: International Chardonnay Challenge 2007


"Summer grasses, grapefruit, oatmeal and toasty oak on the nose, with mouthfilling fresh fruit salad characters in the mouth, providing yet again the Omaka Reserve is Marlborough chardonnay at its finest." 4 stars
Yvonne-Marie Lorkin, Wairarapa Times-Age, 12 January 2008

"Premium Marlborough wine with a classy balance of stone fruit and citrus fruit, spicy coconut oak and a creamy, nutty, mouth feel. Big, smooth and generous. Drink until 2011."
Roger Ewer, Greymouth Star, 13 February 2008