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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 www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz

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