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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 12 Lone Gum Gewurztraminer 2007


  • Trophy Champion Gewurztraminer: Romeo Bragato Wine Awards 2008
  • Gold: Bragato Wine Awards 2008
  • Gold: International Wines & Spirits Competition 2008
  • Gold: Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2008
  • Gold: Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2007
  • Gold: NZ International Wine Show 2008
  • Bronze: International Aromatic Wine Competition 2007


"Neutral nose and then a strongly oily musk note and quite a bit of richness though it's not sickly. A powerful wine wtih a savoury undertow. Relatively ambitious. Serious stuff. 13%."
Jancis Robinson M.W, March 2009

"A medium-sweet wine with unctuous mouth feel.........Must buy: A spicy delight, delicious with fish or poultry"
Deborah Walton & Peter Morice, Timaru Herald, March 2009

"A medium-sweet wine with unctuous mouth feel. The palate is all rose-flavoured Turkish delight and ginger with a touch of pear skin and flint towards the finish. There's some pleasant acid tingle that tickles the middle of the tongue and the flavours have excellent length, washing through to the finish and after-taste. The lovely spicy finish leaves a good impression and for all the sweet flavour there's nothing cloying about this wine."
Deborah Walton and Peter Morice, The Marlborough Express, 2 April 2009

"The palate is rich and powerful with turkish delight and rose petals. Will match well with light entree flavours or even delicate Asian mains."
Peter Shaw, Waikato Times, 13 February 2008

"Lovely wine with an appealing pungent aroma, wonderful fruit purity and silken texture. Quite complex with classic rose petal/Turkish delight characters plus anise, ginger and exotic oriental spices."
Bob Campbell MW, Taste NZ, 29 February 2008