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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 10 Twin Hills Chardonnay 2007

Awards

  • Gold: NZ International Wine Show 2009
  • Silver: Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2008
  • Bronze: International Wines & Spirits Competition, London 2008
  • Bronze: Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2009 - NZ
  • Bronze: Bragato Wine Awards, 2008
  • Bronze: International Chardonnay Challenge 2009 - NZ
  • Bronze: Liquorland Top 100, 2008
  • Bronze: The New Zealand International Wine Show, 2008
  • 4 Stars: Winestate Magazine, July/August 2008
  • 4 Stars: Cuisine Magazine 2009
  • 3 ½ Stars: Wnestate Magazine 2009 March/April

Accolades

"Single-vineyard Omaka Valley wine with substantial body and strong, vibrant peach and grapefruit flavours. Very fresh and crisp, with sweet-fruit delights, good oak balance and cool-climate immediacy."
Michael Cooper's Best of 2008 Releases, Winestate Annual Edition, 2009