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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

WAIRAU RESERVE SAUVIGNON BLANC 2004 TROPHIES

Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2004

  • Best in Class - Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc: International Wine & Spirit Competition London 2005
  • Runner-Up Trophy Champion Sauvignon Blanc: Winestate Magazine, Runner-up Sauvignon Blanc of the Year 2005
  • Trophy Best Sauvignon Blanc: International Aromatic Wine Competition Canterbury A & P Show 2004
  • Trophy for Sauvignon Blanc: International Wine & Spirit Competition 2005
  • Trophy International Sauvignon Blanc: Decanter World Wine Awards, London 2005
  • Trophy Regional NZ Sauvignon Blanc: Decanter World Wine Awards, London 2005
  • Trophy Supreme Sauvignon Blanc: Casino First Taste Sauvignon Blanc Awards 2004
  • Trophy Top of Class: Tri Nations Wine Awards 2004