The Saint Clair winery is run from Neal and Judy Ibbotson were pioneers in the Marlborough wine industry, first planting vineyards in the valley in 1978 and then establishing Saint Clair Family Estate in 1994. They own 160 hectares of vineyard in 10 different Marlborough locations chosen specifically for the attributes of their individual “terroir” and ability to produce top-quality grapes. Neal Ibbotson combines his extensive expertise in viticulture with the talent of one of New Zealand’s leading winemaking teams led by Hamish Clark. Since 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. This is a sentiment shared by Bob Campbell MW, who says “Saint Clair now makes the country’s and perhaps the world’s best Sauvignon Blanc”.
Tropical aromas of passionfruit, guava and blackcurrant combine with nettle and subtle chalky mineral notes. The rich, full palate with grapefruit and blackcurrant is enveloped in green notes of nettle and pepper and a delicate sea salt character, through to a long, mineral finish. A perfect accompaniment to any fresh seafood.
An intensely fragrant wine, where aromas of tropical blackcurrant bud and passionfruit are complemented by delicate notes of green nettle. Rich and beautifully balanced on the palate with vibrant flavours of passionfruit, redcurrant, papaya and melon leading to a long, lingering finish. Freshly shucked oysters or mussels; seared scallops, salmon or pan-fried fish.
An elegant and silky wine, with fragrant peach aromas, layered with toasted spice and subtle vanilla notes. Concentrated notes of fresh peach, ripe grapefruit and biscuity notes on the palate continue on the long finish. This is Saint Clair’s owners Neal and Judy Ibbotson’s perfect wine to have alongside roast chicken.
Aromas of ripe red berries are interlaced with spice and blackcurrant bud. The palate is full and rich, with flavours of vibrant red berries, layered with warm, spiced fruit through to a lingering, silky finish. Beautifully matched with barbecued venison or seared lamb.
A powerful and intense wine with an aromatic nose of white currant, capsicum and fragrant tropical fruit with a hint of thyme. Luscious ripe blackcurrant and lime flavours envelop the palate, which has a chalky texture. This is a pure and focussed Sauvignon Blanc with a long, lingering finish. A great match with smoked salmon or steamed green-lipped mussels.
A combination of dark fruit flavours with black plum and ripe blackberry and a touch of liquorice showing a powdered structure reminiscent of fine dark chocolate leading to a lightly spiced and toasty finish. Barbecued or grilled beef; or lamb with seasonal vegetables.
An elegant wine displaying prominent notes of peach, nectarine and fragrant stone fruit blossom laced with impressions of juniper and cilantro spice. Rich and creamy on the palate this complex Viognier delivers flavours of ripe peach and nectarine, with lifted notes of lemon zest adding freshness and subtle spicy notes on the finish. The perfect accompaniment to chargrilled chicken and pumpkin risotto.
Complex aromas of green coffee bean and vanilla pod are complemented by notesof wild flowers, crushed herbs and just a hint of gunflint. The palate is rich and unctuous with layers of preserved lemon, ripe papaya, cocoa powder and toasted hazelnut with hints of red berry. With clean bright fruit flavours and a textured palate it complements a variety of food, try with creamy risotto or grilled chicken with a delicate sauce.
This Sauvignon Blanc is distinctively Marlborough with green notes of gooseberry, nettle and blackcurrant bud. The fresh, vibrant palate layers blackcurrant with tropical passion fruit, white peach and a mineral, slightly salty richness which leads to a long, lingering finish. Ideal with vegetarian cuisine such as Goat's Cheese parcels or fresh seafood such as Fruits de Mer.
A rounded luscious Pinot Noir with aromatic floral notes combined with red berries and a subtle earthy richness. Full bodied on the palate, with Morello cherry flavours and a fine silky structure showing fresh vanilla pod, blackberry and blueberry with spice on the finish. This Pioneer Block Pinot Noir is perfectly matched with spring lamb, sweet potatoes and roast vegetables.
Fragrant notes of Kaffir lime and mandarin are layered with hints of orange blossomand beeswax. On the palate, distinct minerality and fresh citrus flavours of juicy mandarin, lead to a crisp mid-palate with delicate sweetness and a smooth, off-dry finish. Enjoy on its own or match with seafood, roast pork with apple sauce or lightly spiced curries.
Concentrated flavours of black cherry, blackcurrant, Kalamata olive, and perfumed wild flowers, lead to an elegant palate with a structure reminiscent of finely powdered cocoa or dense dark chocolate. The finish is long incorporating freshly roasted coffee beans, toasty oak and spice. Fillet steak and seasonal vegetables.