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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 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