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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 3 43 Degrees Sauvignon Blanc 2007


  • Trophy Best Wine in the Show: International Aromatic Wine Competition 2007
  • Gold: The New Zealand International Wine Show 2007
  • Gold: Liquorland Top 100 International Wine Competition 2007
  • Gold: Royal Hobart International Wine Show 2007
  • Trophy Best Sauvignon Blanc: International Aromatic Wine Competition 2007
  • Gold: Taste NZ Magazine, Bob Campbell MW, December 2007
  • Gold: International Aromatic Wine Competition 2007
  • Silver: Perth Royal Wine Show 2007
  • Silver: Bragato Wine Awards 2007
  • Bronze: The International Wine and Spirit Competition 2007


"Tantalising gooseberry and lime on the nose with a hint of that unique Marlborough 'sweat', it's bright, zesty and tangy to the taste with upfront citrus, tangelo peel and summer herbs then gooseberry and passionfruit on the long, focussed finish."
Kingsley and Sam, First Glass Wines and Spirits, 10 August 2007