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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 4 Sawcut Chardonnay 2007


  • Gold: NZ International Wine Show 2009
  • Silver: Liquorland top 100 International Wine Show - NZ
  • Bronze: International Wines & Spirits Competition 2008 - London
  • Bronze: International Wine Challenge 2009 - UK
  • Bronze: Decanter World Wine Awards 2009
  • Bronze: The New Zealand International Wine Show 2008 - NZ
  • Bronze: Bragato Wine Awards 2008 - NZ
  • Bronze: International Chardonnay Challenge 2009 - NZ
  • 4 ½ Stars: Recent Releases Winestate Magazine - Michael Cooper 2008 - July/August
  • 4 ½ Stars: Marlborough Regional Tasting Winestate Magazine - Michael Cooper 2009 March/April 09
  • Best Buy: Gourmet Traveller - Bob Campbell M.W 2008 Aug/Sept


"Grown in the Ure Valley, halfway between Blenheim and Kaikoura, this is a powerful (14.5% alcohol), concentrated wine wtih fresh, vibrant, peach, butterscotch and mineral characters seasoned with sweet oak. Delicious drinking through 2009."
Michael Cooper's Best of 2008 Releases, Winestate Annual Edition, 2009