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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 www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz

Major Awards

OMAKA RESERVE CHARDONNAY GOLDS

Omaka Reserve Chardonnay 2003

  • Blue Gold: Sydney International Wine Competition 2006
  • Gold: Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2005
  • Gold: New Zealand International Wine Show 2005
  • Gold: NZ Home & Entertaining Magazine, February 2005
  • Gold: New Zealand Wine Society Easter Awards 2005