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“Saint Clair Estate is a famous over-performing family owned company that gives the big internationally owned companies a run for their money at wine shows.”
Claudine Earley Capital Times, Wellington NZ
"Saint Clair not only won the prize for Wine Company of the Year for best overall performance in the tastings, but its chief winemaker Matt Thomson was named Winemaker of the Year for the second time in three years."
Peter Simic Winestate Press Release

Awards & Accolades

Pioneer Block 11 Cell Block Chardonnay 2007

Awards

  • Gold: New Zealand International Wine Show 2008
  • Silver: NZ International Wine Show 2009
  • Silver: Royal Easter Wine Show Awards 2009 - NZ
  • Bronze: Decanter World Wine Awards 2009
  • Bronze: Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2008 - NZ
  • Bronze: International Chardonnay Challenge 2009 - NZ
  • Bronze: International Wine Challenge 2009 - UK
  • 5 Stars: Winestate Magazine 2009 March/April
  • 4 ½ Stars: Winestate Magazine 2008

Accolades

"Grown at Dillons Point, in the lower Wairau Valley, this mouthfilling, creamy-smooth wine has rich, stone-fruit flavours seasoned with toasty oak. An up-front style, but the exuberant use of oak is balanced against deliciously rich fruit flavours."
Michael Cooper's Best of 2008 Releases, Winestate Annual Edition, 2009