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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 11 Cell Block Sauvignon Blanc 2007


  • Trophy Champion Sauvignon Blanc: Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2008
  • Gold: Christchurch Casino First Taste Sauvignon Blanc Awards 2007
  • Gold: Liquorland Top 100 International Wine Competition 2007
  • Gold: Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2008
  • Gold: Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2007
  • Silver: Taste NZ Magazine - Bob Campbell M.W. Dec 2007
  • Silver: Bragato Wine Awards 2007
  • Silver: International Aromatic Wine Competition 2007
  • Silver: International Wine Challenge 2008 - London
  • Bronze: Japan Wine Challenge 2008 - Japan
  • Bronze: The New Zealand International Wine Show 2007
  • 5 Stars: Winestate Magazine 2008
  • 5 Stars: Winestate Magazine 2008 March/April
  • 89 points: Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate 04/08 USA