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February 12, 2021

Saint Clair

Saint Clair Subheading

100% Family-Owned, 100% New Zealand Wine, 100% Sustainable

The Saint Clair Family Estate is owned by Neal and Judy Ibbotson, viticulture pioneers in Marlborough since 1978.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. The Ibbotsons combine their extensive viticultural expertise plus the region’s mix of high quality 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.

Top International accolades include:

  • New World Producer of the Year at the Sommelier Wine Awards UK 2017 and 2012
  • Vienna International Wine Challenge New Zealand Wine Producer of the Year 2016, 2015, 2013 and 2012
  • Listing in the Top 10 Chardonnays of the Year 2016 with Saint Clair Pioneer Block 11 Cell Block Chardonnay 2014 (Chardonnay du Monde).


Fruit sourced from a selection of vineyards located predominantly in the lower Wairau sub-region was used to create this brilliant white wine. This is where Saint Clair regards as Marlborough’s best sub-region for Sauvignon Blanc, producing wines with heightened expression. Each vineyard block was harvested at optimum flavour maturity and physiological ripeness.

Grapes were transported to the winery quickly and pressed off immediately to minimize skin contact. After cold settling, the juice from each batch was fermented at cool temperatures using selected yeast strains. Each batch was assessed for quality and only the best components were selected for this premium blend.

Tasting Notes

Aroma: Passionfruit and blackcurrant with a hint of salty sea air

Palate: A rich palate with passionfruit pulp, pink grapefruit, and blackcurrant flavours, with a salty minerality and a long lingering finish

Ageing potential: Perfect for drinking immediately, this wine will be at its best over the next two years

Food match: A perfect accompaniment for any fresh seafood


“Saint Clair now makes the country’s and perhaps the world’s best Sauvignon Blanc”
— Bob Campbell MW



Listed in the Top 10 Chardonnays of the World – Saint Clair Pioneer Block 11 Cell Block Chardonnay – (Chardonnay du Monde) 2016

Most Successful Winery 2015 Sydney International Wine Competition 2015 and 2012

Trophy Hamish Clark of Saint Clair Family Estate – New Zealand Winemaker of the Year – Winestate 2014 and 2012 NZ/Australia

New Zealand Winery of the Year 2014 Winestate NZ/Australia

Best of Nation – New Zealand 2014 San Francisco International Wine Competition

Champion Producer of the Year 2014 Spiegelau International Wine Competition

New Zealand Producer of the Year 2013 AWC Vienna International Wine Challenge 2013 and 2012

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