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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

Vicar's Choice Riesling 2008


  • Silver: Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2009 NZ
  • Bronze: International Aromatic Wine Competition 2008 , Royal NZ Show
  • 4 Stars: BEST BUY - Cuisine Magazine 2009 March Issue 133


"BEST BUY - This dry, poised wine, brimming with tastes of lime, mandarin and crisp red apple, is another example of the great bang for your buck that Riesling can provide. The Vicar obviously knew his wine. Medium-dry."
John Saker, Cuisine Magazine, March 2009

Wine of the Month
Wine Beverage Centre, April 2009
"Mr. Matt Thomson is the winemaker of this fine fresh wine with characters of citrus, limes and grapefruit on the palate."