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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

Major Awards


Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2006

  • Trophy: Mundus Vini 2007 Best New World White Wine
  • Trophy Champion Sauvignon Blanc: Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2006
  • Trophy Reserve Wine of the Show: Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2006
  • Wairau Valley Trophy: International Wine Challenge, London 2007