Saint Clair Family Estate is owned by Neal and Judy Ibbotson, viticulture pioneers in Marlborough since 1978. Grapes were originally supplied to local wine companies; however a desire to extend the quality achieved in the vineyard through to the finished wine led to the establishment of Saint Clair Family Estate in 1994. The Saint Clair name originates from the vineyard property, first settled by the Sinclair family. Pioneer James Sinclair built one of the first homes in Blenheim and was closely associated with the early development of the town. Over time the name of the property reverted to the original Saint Clair. The company’s mission is to create world-class wines that exceed their customers’ every expectation. Neal Ibbotson combines his extensive viticultural expertise plus Marlborough’s mix of climate and soils with the talent of one of New Zealand’s leading winemaking teams. From 1994 when wines from the first vintage all won medals including gold, the name Saint Clair has been synonymous with quality and its award-winning record continues today. Recent significant International accolades include; Ranked in the top 100 wineries of the world (WAWWJ 2017) New World Producer of the Year at UK’s Sommelier Wine Awards 2017 and 2012, Winestate Winery of the Year 2014, 2011 and 2010, New Zealand Winemaker of the Year (Hamish Clark) Winestate NZ/Australia 2014 and 2012 New Zealand Wine Producer of the Year, Vienna International Wine Challenge 2016, 2015, 2013, 2012 Listed in the Top 10 Chardonnays of the World, Saint Clair Pioneer Block 11 Cell Block Chardonnay 2014 (Chardonnay du Monde) Saint Clair Family Estate has developed a strong reputation as a leading international wine producer. Consistently achieving highly acclaimed awards such as these further cements this reputation
DECANTER WORLD WINE AWARDS 2019 - SILVER
Attractive bouquet with fruity, varietal and herbaceous aromas. Silky and fresh on the palate with pristine texture, decent length and finish.
JOE CZERWINSKI - WINE ADVOCATE
The 2018 Pioneer Block 3 43 Degrees Dillons Point Sauvignon Blanc comes from a vineyard close to the ocean, planted on fairly rich alluvial soils. With a bit more fruit shading than typical, it emphasizes the herbal, leafy side of Sauvignon Blanc, yielding hints of nettles and green tomatoes layered over grapefruit-like flavors. It's medium-bodied and linear on the palate, crisply focused and refreshing on the long finish.