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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 1 Foundation Sauvignon Blanc 2008


  • Bronze: The New Zealand International Wine Show 2008
  • Bronze: Liquorland Top 100
  • Bronze: International Wines & Spirit Competition, London 2008
  • Bronze: Bragato Wine Awards 2008
  • Bronze: International Aromatic Wine Competition 2008 , Royal NZ Show
  • Bronze: International Wine Challenge 2009 - UK
  • Bronze: Royal Easter Wine show Awards 2009 - NZ
  • 90 points: Wine Spectator 04/09 USA
  • 3 ½ Stars: Marlborough Regional Tasting Winestate Magazine - Michael Cooper 2009 March/April
  • 3 Stars: Cuisine Magazine 2009 January Issue 132
  • Commended: Decanter World Wine Awards 2009