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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.
The Rapaura Reserve Merlot has won gold medals at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards over the last two years. It is medium-bodied with lush flavours and a full, supple tannin structure.
Saint Clair Pioneer Block 17 Bay Block Merlot is from grapes grown in free-draining silt loam soils in the Mangatahi area of Hawkes Bay.
Within the Premium Range the Saint Clair Merlot is elegant and stylish and provides a fruit driven, easy drinking red wine.
The Vicar’s Choice Merlot is a medium-bodied, youthful Merlot providing great value for money.
Saint Clair Pioneer Block Merlot