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Saint Clair Family Estate’s Pioneer Block Pioneering Change

18 June 2008 Saint Clair has recently released eight new wines from its 2007 vintage, into its increasingly popular Saint Clair Pioneer Block Range. The new wines include four Chardonnays and four Pinot Noirs.

Each wine in the Saint Clair Pioneer Block range, which launched in 2005, is handcrafted from specialist parcels of grapes to express the terroir of the specific Pioneer Block sites. Saint Clair's winemakers also use individual winemaking approaches to produce specialist styles.

Saint Clair Pioneer Block, which sits at the prestige end of the global wine market, has received rave reviews, highlighting the growth and trend in popularity of single vineyard and terroir wines. To meet demand, Saint Clair has extended the range with the new Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs.

The range has grown quickly and the wines are listed in top hotels, restaurants and fine wine stores in over 25 markets around the world. Reinforcing the quality of the range, Saint Clair Pioneer Block wines have been awarded seven trophies and 52 gold medals since 2005. And it’s not just what’s inside the bottle that is winning awards. The label (developed by graphic designer Tony Ibbotson, son of the winery owners, Neal and Judy Ibbotson) has won two international design awards at Europe’s Wine Label of the Year 2007 and the Best Packaging Award at the Desktop Create Awards in Melbourne.

Although popular in New Zealand and Australia, the UK market has been the biggest success story. Saint Clair Pioneer Block 2 Swamp Block Sauvignon Blancwhich is listed at Claridges Hotel, London. The wines have also reached the US, with Robert Parker’s well-known wine publication the Wine Advocate favorably reviewing the range in April.

Below are the current Saint Clair Pioneer Block Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs just released
• Saint Clair Pioneer Block 4 Sawcut Chardonnay 2007
• Saint Clair Pioneer Block 10 Twin Hills Chardonnay 2007
• Saint Clair Pioneer Block 11 Cell Block Chardonnay 2007
• Saint Clair Pioneer Block 13 B & B Chardonnay 2007
• Saint Clair Pioneer Block 4 Sawcut Pinot Noir 2007
• Saint Clair Pioneer Block 5 Bull Block Pinot Noir 2007
• Saint Clair Pioneer Block 14 Doctor’s Creek Pinot Noir 2007
• Saint Clair Pioneer Block 16 Awatere Pinot Noir 2007

Saint Clair’s Pioneer Block range is available from all good wine outlets and restaurants throughout New Zealand. The Chardonnays retail at $29.95 and Pinot Noirs at $32.95.

Prepared on behalf of Saint Clair Family Estate by the pr shop. For further information please contact Neal Ibbotson on (03) 57 88695 or Pippa Lekner on (09) 368 1078, 021 500 760 or email