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"Saint Clair now makes the country’s and perhaps the world’s best Sauvignon Blanc. Saint Clair has won more top awards for Sauvignon Blanc in recent years than any of the three or four hundred other local producers. Although Sauvignon Blanc is clearly Saint Clair’s signature wine it has also earned trophies for Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir, and Riesling over the same period."
Bob Campbell, Master of Wine Air New Zealand In Flight Magazine

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