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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
"Each time I’ve seen a new vintage of their premium Saint Clair Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc, I’ve believed it was the best NZ Sauvignon of its year."
John Jens Wanneroo Times,

Awards & Accolades

Pioneer Block 15 Strip Block Pinot Noir 2007


  • Trophy: International Wine Challenge 2009 - NZ Pinot Noir Trophy
  • Trophy: International Wine Challenge 2009 Marlborough Pinot Noir Trophy 2009
  • Gold: International Wine Challenge 2009 - UK
  • Gold: Christchurch Casino Pinot Noir Awards 2009
  • Silver: Bragato Wine Awards 2008 - NZ
  • Bronze: Decanter World Wine Awards 2009
  • Bronze: San Francisco International Wine Competition 2009
  • Bronze: Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2009 - NZ
  • Bronze: Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2008
  • 4 Stars: Winestate Magazine 2009 March/April
  • 4 Stars: Bob Campbell M.W 2008