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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

Awards & Accolades

Pioneer Block 1 Foundation Sauvignon Blanc 2006


  • 5 Star Cuisine and Number 2 in Top 10: Cuisine Magazine NZ Sauvignon Blanc Tasting 2007
  • Gold: NZ International Wine Show 2006
  • Gold: Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2006
  • Silver: Bragato Wine Awards 2006
  • Silver: Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2007


(Tank Sample) “Pale straw and slight green hues. Very powerful and very sweaty on nose, deep, savage and pungent. Great richness on palate, luscious and juicy. Full and exotic.”
Raymond Chan, 29th June 2006

"Pungently scented, with ripe-fruit aromas, tropical-fruit flavours and great harmony, freshness and length."
Michael Cooper, John Belsham, Simon Waghorn, Cuisine January 2007