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The 2010 Pinot Noirs were outstanding with Saint Clair leading the way with no less than 4 Top Tip Awards. .....All of the Saint Clair Top Tip winners came from their Pioneer Block range and we would suggest that you can't go wrong with any wine from this range but that our favourite was Block 16 Awatere Pinot Noir.
Awards & Accolades
Pioneer Block 12 Lone Gum Gewurztraminer 2007
- Trophy Champion Gewurztraminer: Romeo Bragato Wine Awards 2008
- Gold: International Wines & Spirits Competition 2008
- Gold: Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2007
- Gold: Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2008
- Gold: NZ International Wine Show 2008
- Gold: Bragato Wine Awards 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