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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.
MaryAnn Worobiec Wine Spectator

Awards & Accolades

Pioneer Block 3 43 Degrees Sauvignon Blanc 2005

Awards

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

Accolades

“Very Marlborough with appealing sweet passionfruit flavours together with a hint of matchstick. Soft –textured wine with plenty of weight and a lingering finish.”
The Tasting Panel, Home & Entertaining, 31 January 2006