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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 3 ‘43’ Degrees Sauvignon Blanc 2008

Awards

  • Judges Choice: International Value Wine Awards 2009 Alberta Canada
  • Silver: Bragato Wine Awards 2008
  • Silver: The New Zealand International Wine Show 2008 - NZ
  • Silver: International Wines and Spirits Competition, London 2008
  • Silver: Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2008 - NZ
  • Silver: International Wine Challenge 2009 - UK
  • Bronze: Liquorland Top 100 International Wine Competition 2008 - NZ
  • Bronze: San Francisco International Wine Competition 2009
  • Bronze: Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2009 - NZ
  • Bronze: Decanter World Wine Awards 2009
  • Bronze: Royal Hobart International Wine show 2008 - AUSTRALIA
  • 5 Stars: Winestate Special Edition, 2008
  • 88 points: Wine Spectator Web 09 USA
  • 3 Stars: Marlborough Regional Tasting Winestate Magazine - Michael Cooper 2009 March/April

Accolades

"Yet another very good wine, with lovely lifted, perfumed, gooseberry aromas. Excellent length of fruit flavours on a long, seamlessly balanced palate with a grainy texture and great zingy finish."
Winestate Annual Edition, 2009