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"Clair Family Estate now sits alongside Villa Maria as one of New Zealand’s most awarded wineries. And it’s nice to know it’s still New Zealand family-owned."
Deborah Walton and Peter Morice Timaru Herald, 3 November 2009

Awards & Accolades

Pioneer Block 1 Foundation Sauvignon Blanc 2007


  • Gold: Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2007
  • Silver: International Wine Challenge, London 2008
  • Silver: Royal Easter Wine show Awards 2008
  • Silver: International Aromatic Wine Competition 2007
  • Silver: Bragato Wine Awards 2007
  • Silver: Liquorland Top 100 2007
  • Bronze: The New Zealand International Wine Show 2007
  • 4 ½ Stars: Michael Cooper, Winestate Magazine, Australia 2008
  • 91 points: Wine Enthusiast 05/08 USA
  • 91 points: Top Wine - Wine Spectator 04/08 USA
  • 90+ Points: Steven Tanzer's International Wine Celar 04/08 USA
  • 88 points: Robert Parker Wine Advocate USA, 2008


"...sensational richness of passionfruit flavours on a poised, refreshingly zesty palate. Perfect lunchtime sipping, with salads and aromatic dishes."
Raymond Chan, Regional Wines Grapevine, February 2008

"A soft, fleshy wine, the fruit richness covers the acidity and underlying spiced apple emerges to linger. I imagine this would be excellent with salt and pepper squid, and with that apple nuance it would also be an excellent accompaniment to a roast pork crackling snack."
Kingsley and Sam, First Glass Wines and Spirits, 10 August 2007