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So far, the 2011s show plenty of promise and some pretty terrific wines and values. At the top of the list, not surprisingly, is Saint Clair. Saint Clair winemaker Matt Thomson is passionate about Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, and he's exploring the region in depth with the Pioneer Block series, which focuses on select parcels and vineyard sites. I like those wines very much but the reserve bottling is truly the standout - aromatic and elegant, and wonderfully delicious.
The Pioneer Block 17 Bay Block Syrah comes from the Bridge Pa Triangle in the Hawke’s Bay. The syrah is full bodied with black and red berry flavours, rich tannins and toasty oak.
Saint Clair Pioneer Block Syrah