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So far, the 2011s show plenty of promise and some pretty terrific wines and values. At the top of the list, not surprisingly, is Saint Clair. Saint Clair winemaker Matt Thomson is passionate about Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, and he's exploring the region in depth with the Pioneer Block series, which focuses on select parcels and vineyard sites. I like those wines very much but the reserve bottling is truly the standout - aromatic and elegant, and wonderfully delicious.
MaryAnn Worobiec Wine Spectator

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