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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 Pinot Noir 2007


  • Blue Gold: Sydney International Wine Competition - Australia - 2009
  • Silver: Vinnaya Karta Open 2009 - Russia
  • Silver: New World Wine Awards - Top 50 - New Zealand 2008
  • Silver: The New Zealand International Wine Show 2008
  • Silver: Royal Hobart International Wine Show - Australia 2008
  • Silver: Royal Easter Wine Show Awards - New Zealand 2008
  • Bronze: Royal Easter Wine Show Awards - New Zealand 2009
  • Bronze: Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2008
  • 89 points: Best Buy Wine & Spirits 06/08 USA
  • 88 points: Rober Parker Wine Advocate - USA - 2008 Issue 176
  • 3 ½ Stars: Recent Releases Winestate Magazine - Michael Cooper - 2008 May/June
  • 88 points: Wine Spectator 08/08 USA
  • 88 points: Steven Tanzar's International Wine Cellar Sept/Oct 08 USA
  • 84 Points: Bob Campbell M.W. 2008 March Tasting
  • Shortlisted: Sommelier Wine Awards - London 2008
  • Top Value 2008: Wine Spectator Jan/Feb 09 USA


"Very pretty, perfumed bouquet followed by a big, ripe palate bursting with varietal fruit and with plenty of oak in support. Nice Chinese spice notes."
Winestate Annual Edition, 2009