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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 12 Lone Gum Gewurztraminer 2008

Awards

  • Trophy: Decanter World Wide Awards London 2009
  • Trophy Champion Gewurztraminer: Bragato Wine Awards 2009
  • Trophy: Decanter World Wine Awards London 2009
  • Gold: Bragato Wine Awards 2009
  • Bronze: Royal Easter Wine Show Awards 09 NZ
  • 4 Stars: Winestate Magazine 2009 May/June
  • Commended: International Wine Challenge 2009 - UK