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The single vineyard ‘Pioneer Block’ wines of Saint Clair require separate handling, the winery using 250 small tanks to manage this. The amount of detail for winemakers Matt Thomson and Hamish Clark and their team is considerable, but the result is a fascinating range of wines that express their origin and site. In essence Saint Clair is bottling ‘terroir’ for keen wine enthusiasts to ponder and enjoy. The quality per se of the ‘Pioneer Block’ wines has been extremely high as well, reflecting the identification of superior as well as individual vineyards by Saint Clair’s owner Neal Ibbotson.
Raymond Chan www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz

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