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The Saint Clair Pioneer Block Pinots offer tremendous quality and value.
James Laube Wine Spectator, USA

Awards & Accolades

Pioneer Block 1 Foundation Sauvignon Blanc 2005

Awards

  • Gold: Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2005
  • Gold: International Wines & Spirits Competition, London 2006
  • Silver: Bragato Wine Awards 2005
  • Silver: International Wine Challenge, London 2006
  • Silver: Bragato Wine Awards 2006
  • Bronze: The International Aromatic Wine Competition, Canterbury A & P Show 2005
  • Bronze: Decanter World Wine Awards 2006
  • 5 Stars: Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine 2006
  • 4 ½ Stars: Cuisine Magazine, January 2006
  • 4 Stars: Winestate 2006
  • Top 10: NZ Home & Entertaining Magazine (Bob Campbell MW) 2006

Accolades

"From a slightly cooler corner of the Lower Wairau Valley, this offering from winemaker Matt Thomson is a serious affair. Pale straw in appearance and as crisp as white linen, with hints of lime and more obvious passionfruit flavours, and a generous finish. Recommended."
Matt Philp, The Press, 6 April 2006


"Intense and pungent, blackcurrant, tomato leaf and gooseberries, ripe fruit, fresh but gentle acidity, good balance."
Graeme Burrow, Northern Advocate, 24 December 2005