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“This recent success clearly recognises the ability of Saint Clair’s winemaking team, led my Mat Thomson and Hamish Clark, to produce quality wines of world-class excellence – a remarkable achievement for the family-owned Marlborough winery.”
Tamara Rubanowski Editor FMCG, August 2011

Awards & Accolades

Pioneer Block 9 Big John Riesling 2006


  • Silver: Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2007
  • Silver: Bragato Wine Awards 2006
  • Bronze: Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2006
  • Bronze: NZ International Wine Show 2006
  • Bronze: Bragato Wine Awards 2007
  • 5 Stars: Gourmet Traveller, June/July 2007
  • 93 points: Taste Magazine - Bob Campbell 2007


"The soft aromas of limes and apricots don't prepare you for the sumptuous blast of flavours that fill your palate accompanied by a honeyed sweetness balanced by bold acidity. This is a smart, modern wine to drink languidly now, or cellar to 2014."
Roger Ewer, Greymouth Star, 10 January 2007

" a medium-dry Riesling with good balance between sweetish limey fruit and fresh acidity. It's light, floral, balanced (10) and flavoursome."
Graeme Barrow, Norther Advocate, 3 February 2007

"Impressive German-style riesling with moderate sweetness balanced by knife-edged acidity. Subtle yet with good concentration and plenty of power. A delight to drink."
Bob Campbell, Taste NZ, 30 April 2007

"On the palate one word summed it up - balance. The wine had all the components; upfront sweetness accompanied by delightfully rich lemon citrus flavours and followed by a crisp acid finish."
Deborah Walton and Peter Morice, Manawatu Standard, 26 April 2007