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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 6 'Oh' Block Sauvignon Blanc 2008


  • Trophy: First Taste Sauvignon Blanc Awards 2008
  • Trophy Champion Sauvignon Blanc: Romeo Bragato Wine Awards 2008
  • Trophy: First Taste Sauvignon Blanc Awards 2008
  • Gold: Bragato Wine Awards 2008
  • Gold: International Wines & Spirits Competition 2008
  • Gold: Liquorland Top 100, 2008
  • Gold: NZ International Wine Show 2008
  • Gold: First Taste Sauvignon Blanc Awards 2008
  • Bronze: International Wine Challenge 2009 - UK
  • Bronze: Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2009 - NZ
  • Bronze: San Francisco International Wine Competition 2009
  • Bronze: Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2008 - NZ
  • Bronze: Royal Hobart International Wine Show 2008 - AUSTRALIA
  • Bronze: International Aromatic Wine Competition 2008 , Royal NZ Show
  • 4 Stars: Marlborough Regional Tasting Winestate Magazine - Michael Cooper 2009 March/April
  • 4 Stars: Winestate Special Edition 2008
  • 4 Stars: Bob Campbell M.W 2008 August


"Full-on, flavoursome fruit bomb. Gorgeous, lifted, pungent, passionfruit aromas and huge concentration of varietal flavours and tight acid. Very stylish and iconic New Zealand wine."
Winestate Annual Edition, 2009