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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

Marlborough Pinot Rose 2008

Awards

  • 4 Stars: Cuisine NZ Rose Tasting - Top 5 - 2008
  • 3 Stars: Marlborough Regional Tasting Winestate Magazine - Michael Cooper - 2009 March/April Magazine

Accolades

"Subtle scents, followed by a sweeping, generous wave of attractive strawberry notes, with background hints of ginger. Both its fruit and structure drew praise from the panel. The variety mix is unusual: 80 per cent Pinot Noir, 20 Pinot Gris.
John Saker, Cuisine, 31/1/09