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The 2010 Pinot Noirs were outstanding with Saint Clair leading the way with no less than 4 Top Tip Awards. .....All of the Saint Clair Top Tip winners came from their Pioneer Block range and we would suggest that you can't go wrong with any wine from this range but that our favourite was Block 16 Awatere Pinot Noir. Bravo

Awards & Accolades

Pioneer Block 7 Rowberry Sauvignon Blanc 2006


  • Gold: International Aromatic Wine Competition 2006
  • Gold: Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2007
  • Gold: New Zealand International Wine Show 2006
  • Silver: Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2006
  • Silver: Decanter World Wine Awards, London 2007
  • Silver: Bragato Wine Awards 2006
  • Bronze: Royal Hobart International Wine Show 2006
  • 5 Stars: Bob Campbell, Gourmet Traveller Wine, Dec/Jan 2007
  • 4 ½ Stars: Cuisine Magazine NZ Sauvignon Blanc Tasting 2007
  • 4 Stars: Winestate - Marlborough Tasting 2007
  • 92 points: Wine Spectator 2007
  • 89 points: Wine Enthusiast, March 2007
  • 89 points: International Wine Cellar, Stephen Tanzer, USA 2007


"Best of show (NZ Wine Showcase, Seattle). Lime, rock, tropical fruits, plenty of depth and detail."
Paul Gregutt,, 18 April 2007

"I like the wine's deceptively low-key introduction, which contrasts with its climatic finish. A ripe style with plenty of passionfruit, lemongrass and red-capsicum flavours."
Bob Campbell MW, Gourmet Traveller Wine, Dec/Jan 2007

"Showing a slightly oily richness, this is one of the driest wines in the Pioneer Block range. It's creamy-smooth with deliciously ripe, tropical-fruit flavours and a minerally thread."
Michael Cooper, John Belsham, Simon Waghorn, Cuisine January 2007