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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 11 Cell Block Chardonnay 2007

Awards

  • Gold: New Zealand International Wine Show 2008
  • Silver: Royal Easter Wine Show Awards 2009 - NZ
  • Silver: NZ International Wine Show 2009
  • Bronze: Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2008 - NZ
  • Bronze: Decanter World Wine Awards 2009
  • Bronze: International Chardonnay Challenge 2009 - NZ
  • Bronze: International Wine Challenge 2009 - UK
  • 5 Stars: Winestate Magazine 2009 March/April
  • 4 ½ Stars: Winestate Magazine 2008

Accolades

"Grown at Dillons Point, in the lower Wairau Valley, this mouthfilling, creamy-smooth wine has rich, stone-fruit flavours seasoned with toasty oak. An up-front style, but the exuberant use of oak is balanced against deliciously rich fruit flavours."
Michael Cooper's Best of 2008 Releases, Winestate Annual Edition, 2009