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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

Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2008


  • Gold: International Aromatic Wine Competition 2008 , Royal NZ Show
  • Gold: NZ International Wine Show 2008
  • Gold: San Francisco International Wine Competition
  • Gold: Royal Hobart International Wine Show 2008 Australia
  • Blue Gold: Sydney International Wine Competition 2009 - AUSTRALIA
  • Silver: International Wine Challenge 2009 - UK
  • Silver: Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2009 NZ
  • 4 ½ Stars: Marlborough Regional Tasting - Winestate Magazine - Michael Cooper 2009 March/April 2009 Magazine
  • 94 Points: Taste NZ Magazine - Bob Campbell M.W. 2008 31-Dec-08
  • 3 Stars: Cuisine Magazine 2009 January Issue 132 NZ
  • Commended: Decanter World Wine Awards 2009


"Pungent with aromas of freshly cut grass, crushed herbs and a tinge of fresh sweat, with zingy hints of passionfruit, blackcurrant leaves and nettles, oodles of mouthfilling flavour and just a little complexity. It proudly shouts at the top of its voice "I'm Marlborough sauvignon blanc" and indeed, it's one of the best examples of the vibrant style with which the region wows the wine-drinking world"
Charmian Smith, Otago Daily Times, 2 July 2009

"So big and gorgeous it's like Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc in drag. Luscious, complex"
Bob Campbell, MW, Taste, Dec 2008