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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

Omaka Reserve Pinot Noir 2007


  • Gold: Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2008
  • Silver: Liquorland Top 100 International Wine Compeition 2008 - NZ
  • Silver: The New Zealand International Wine Show 2008 - NZ
  • Silver: Decanter World Wine Awards 2009
  • Bronze: Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2009 - NZ
  • Bronze: International Wine Challenge 2009 - UK
  • 4 Stars: 88 Points Bob Campbell M.W. 2008 July Tasting
  • 4 Stars: Cuisine Magazine 2008 Nov Issue
  • 4 Stars: Recent Releases Winestate Magazine - Michael Cooper 2008 July/Aug
  • 3 Stars: Marlborough Regional Tasting Winestate Magazine - Michael Cooper 2009 March/April


"Deep ruby, fresh, vibrant, flowing and supple, with sweet-fruit characters, cherry/plum flavours, gentle tannins and good complexity. Needs time: open 2009+"
Michael Cooper's Best of 2008 Releases, Winestate Annual Edition, 2009