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"very user-friendly wines and the sort you could safely order at dinner or take along to a bbq knowing that most people are going to like them."
Emma Jenkins, MW The Independent Wine Monthly,
So far, the 2011s show plenty of promise and some pretty terrific wines and values. At the top of the list, not surprisingly, is Saint Clair. Saint Clair winemaker Matt Thomson is passionate about Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, and he's exploring the region in depth with the Pioneer Block series, which focuses on select parcels and vineyard sites. I like those wines very much but the reserve bottling is truly the standout - aromatic and elegant, and wonderfully delicious.
MaryAnn Worobiec Wine Spectator

Awards & Accolades

Omaka Reserve Chardonnay 2007


  • Gold: NZ International Wine Show 2009
  • Gold List: Sommelier Wine Awards 2009 - UK
  • Silver: The New Zealand International Wine Show 2008 - NZ
  • Silver: Perth Royal Wine Show 2008 - WA AUSTRALIA
  • Silver: Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2008 - NZ
  • Silver: Royal Hobart International Wine Show 2008 - AUSTRALIA
  • Silver: International Chardonnay Challenge 2009 - NZ
  • Silver: International Wine Challenge 2009 - UK
  • Bronze: Bragato Wine Awards 2008 - NZ
  • Bronze: San Francisco International Wine Competition 2009
  • Bronze: Decanter World Wine Awards 2009
  • 4 ½ Stars: Recent Releases Winestate Magazine - Michael Cooper 2008 July/August
  • 4 Stars: Marlborough Regional Tasting - Winestate Magazine - Michael Cooper 2009 March/April 2009 Magazine


Very ripe and fragrant bouquet. Creamy-smooth, with excellent delicacy and depth of ripe stone-fruit, butterscotch and toasty oak flavours. Fresh and youthful, with obvious cellaring potential."
Michael Cooper's Best of 2008 Releases, Winestate Annual Edition, 2009

Pale gold colour. An internse and complex nose wtih aromas of white peach and honey-suckle and subtle oak/savoury bacon notes. A deliciously full-bodied and rich wine with complex stone-fruit flavours and a touch of spice, supported by underlying savoury oak notes and subtle yeast autolysis characters. The palate is elegant and full, with firm acidity that leads to a warm, lingering finish."
Winestate Special Edition, 2008