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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 8 Friar's Sauvignon Blanc 2006

Awards

  • Gold: Royal Hobart International Wine Show 2006
  • Silver: NZ International Wine Show 2006
  • Bronze: Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2007
  • Bronze: International Aromatic Wine Competition 2006
  • Bronze: Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2006
  • 4 Stars: Cuisine Magazine NZ Sauvignon Blanc Tasting 2007
  • 3 Stars: Winestate, Marlborough Tasting 2007
  • 3 Stars: Winestate, Marlborough Tasting 2007

Accolades

"has passionfruit, green capsicum and tomato leaf aromas and flavours, good balance and intensity."
Graeme Barrow, Northern Advocate, 13 January 2007


"The palate was mineral, medicinal and slightly astringent while progress across the palate and out to the finish delivered a vegetative/tropical mix that remained hard to quantify."
Deborah Walton & Peter Morice, Marlborough Express, 31 May 2007


"Fresh-scented, mouthfilling wine. A silver of sweetness amid ripely herbaceous flavours. Excellent depth."
Michael Cooper, John Belsham, Simon Waghorn, Cuisine January 2007