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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 2 Swamp Block Sauvignon Blanc 2006


  • Trophy Champion Sauvignon Blanc: Liquorland International Top 100 2006
  • Trophy Best Wine in the Show: Liquorland International Top 100 2006
  • Gold: Liquorland International Top 100 2006
  • Gold: Bragato Wine Awards 2006
  • Silver: Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2006
  • Bronze: Decanter World Wine Awards, London 2007
  • Bronze: NZ International Wine Show 2006
  • 4 Stars: Winestate - Marlborough Tasting 2007


M2 Magazine, 29 February 2007

"Powerful aromas of crushed nettles, squeezed limes, passionfruit sorbet, gooseberries and lemonade - and guess what? It tastes the same."
Yvonne-Marie Lorkin, Hawkes Bay Today, 7 April 2007

(Tank Sample) “A more refined nose, elegant, with delicacy and proportion. Elegant, refined and tight on the palate. Less rich and pungent, yet full of flavour."
Raymond Chan,, 29 June 2006