Saint Clair Pioneer Block 14 Doctor’s Creek Pinot Noir 2014 $37.90 (4.5 stars)

South west of Blenheim, the soils become infused with clay, making it the perfect place to put pinot in the ground.  The result is a highly floral, black tea and cherry-laced pinot noir with real balance and charm.  Edged with spice and smoke, there’s delicious complexity at every level here and it’s only getting better […]

Saint Clair Pioneer Block 17 Plateau Merlot 2014

Saint Clair Pioneer Block 17 Plateau Merlot 2014 $33 ★★★★½ Cleverly crafted by winemakers Matt Thomson and Hamish Clark (who has a background in microbiology, zoology and forensic science interestingly enough) from fruit grown in the Gimblett Gravels, this is a wine with deeply earthy aromas of chocolate, liquorice and cured meats.  Those same characters […]

Saint Clair Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2013

Saint Clair Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2013 $23 ★★★½ Being a pioneering Marlborough producer hasn’t stopped the Saint Clair crew from forging further into northern climes to nab themselves some prime red wine territory in Hawke’s Bay.  This syrah has all those classic plum, violet and pepper-driven spice characters that you’ll be asking for, alongside good […]

Saint Clair Pioneer Block Cell Block Chardonnay 2013

Saint Clair Pioneer Block Cell Block Chardonnay 2013 $32 ★★★★★ Sourced from the fantastic, free-draining Dillons Point dirt in Marlborough, this chardonnay just hammers home the message that our largest wine region is really on a roll churning out world class white Burgundy.  Saint Clair have never been slouches when it comes to creating great […]

Saint Clair Premium Marlborough Merlot 2010

Saint Clair Marlborough Premium Merlot 2010 $21 ★★★½ This has such a gorgeous aroma, boysenberry, plum with a waft of espresso – while in the mouth it is ripe, juicy and very very drinkable.  Merlot from Marlborough is looking rather marvelous indeed!  www.saintclair.co.nz  

Sauvignon Fans Ahoy!

If you’ve been hiding under a rock for the last week or so would you have missed the news that The Ned Sauvignon Blanc 2011 by Marisco Vineyards won the International Trophy for ‘Best in Show Sauvignon Blanc Under £10’ at the Decanter World Wine Awards in London.  This is good news for two reasons, […]

Saint Clair Premium Marlborough Pinot Noir 2011

Saint Clair Premium Marlborough Pinot Noir 2011 $26  Incredibly rich, bright, vibrantly fruited with wild strawberry, cherry and exotic spices.  It’s a sensational pinot for the price and boasts lovely complexity and luscious length of flavour.  www.saintclair.co.nz

Radio NZ National Wine Recommendations 4th November 2011

Spent a superb couple of days in Marlborough last weekend at the bi-annual Marlborough Wine Weekend celebrations where wine fans like me got the chance to immerse ourselves in very focused, specialised tastings of different styles and wines from various sub-regions in some absolutely spectacular locations.  It’s a great way to see how diverse our […]

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