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Wineries whose Pinot Noir impressed me most include...Saint Clair...
James Laube Wine Spectator USA

Reviews

Seriously good and honest tasty food,house made focaccia with sea salt and pâté, followed by Tuscan tart for main course and a glass of beautiful Saint Clair Reserve Chardonnay a perfect match! If you are in Blenheim this is a must visit place! Well done to Hailey and her team! Cheers
Roy Assadi, Restaurant Manager/Head Sommelier
Trip Advisor
The Saint Clair Pioneer Block Pinots offer tremendous quality and value.
James Laube
Wine Spectator, USA
Wineries whose Pinot Noir impressed me most include...Saint Clair...
James Laube
Wine Spectator USA
The 2010 Pinot Noirs were outstanding with Saint Clair leading the way with no less than 4 Top Tip Awards. .....All of the Saint Clair Top Tip winners came from their Pioneer Block range and we would suggest that you can't go wrong with any wine from this range but that our favourite was Block 16 Awatere Pinot Noir.
tizwine.com
Bravo
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
The success that Saint Clair has enjoyed with its sauvignon blanc is sure to now extend to its pinots.
Bob Campbell MW
Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine
All Pioneer block's pinot noir's have shown a serious jump in quality this year
Bob Campbell MW
Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine
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
“This recent success clearly recognises the ability of Saint Clair’s winemaking team, led my Mat Thomson and Hamish Clark, to produce quality wines of world-class excellence – a remarkable achievement for the family-owned Marlborough winery.”
Tamara Rubanowski
Editor FMCG, August 2011
"The ‘Pioneer Block' range arguably takes Saint Clair to greater detail and depth than any other producer with wines that express terroir."
Raymond Chan
Raymond Chan Wine Reviews, 18 July 2011
“This is it! I am most surely in Sauvignon Heaven – and I don’t want to leave ever.”
Bernadette Kirkham
Waikato Times
"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, http://wanneroo.inmycommunity.com.au
“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 is New Zealand's supreme sauvignon blanc maker so it's hardly surprising to discover they make the best sparkling example...Delicious!"
Bob Campbell, MW
Air New Zealand In flight Magazine
"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
"Every single Sauvignon Blanc this company makes is delicious."
Lauraine Jacobs
http://www.laurainejacobs.co.nz/wines-to-drink/ 29/03/2010
"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, http://www.independentwinemonthly.co.nz
"Clair Family Estate now sits alongside Villa Maria as one of New Zealand’s most awarded wineries. And it’s nice to know it’s still New Zealand family-owned."
Deborah Walton and Peter Morice
Timaru Herald, 3 November 2009
"Saint Clair now makes the country’s and perhaps the world’s best Sauvignon Blanc. Saint Clair has won more top awards for Sauvignon Blanc in recent years than any of the three or four hundred other local producers. Although Sauvignon Blanc is clearly Saint Clair’s signature wine it has also earned trophies for Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir, and Riesling over the same period."
Bob Campbell, Master of Wine
Air New Zealand In Flight Magazine