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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

Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2007

Awards

  • Trophy Best New Zealand White Wine: The London International Wine Challenge 2008
  • Trophy Champion Sauvignon Blanc: Tri Nations Wine Awards 2007
  • International Sauvignon Blanc Trophy: The London International Wine Challenge 2008
  • Gold: The New Zealand International Wine Show 2007
  • Gold: Japan Wine Challenge 2008
  • Gold: The London International Wine Challenge 2008
  • Gold: Royal Easter Wine Show 2008
  • Silver: Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2007
  • Silver: Bragato Wine Awards 2007
  • Silver: The International Wine and Spirit Competition 2007
  • Bronze: International Aromatic Wine Competition 2007

Accolades

"Approaching cult status - if you cant find Cloudy Bay, go one better!"
Andrew Chapman Fine Wines, surf4wine.co.nz, 1 January 2008


"Saint Clair’s Reserve and single-block bottlings are consistently top-notch, and this concentrated Sauvignon maintains that tradition. Scents of fresh herbs, nectarine and pineapple give way to intense flavors of stonefruit." 92 points
Joe Czerwinski, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, March 2008