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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 18 Snap Block Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Awards

  • Trophy: Bragato Wine Awards 2009
  • Gold: Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2009
  • Gold: Bragato Wine Awards
  • Gold: Liquorland Interntional Wine Competition 2010
  • Gold: NZ International Wine Show 2009
  • 4 Stars: Winestate Magazine Special Edition 2009

Accolades

90 POINTS. Grassy and almost feline on the nose, with lime and grapefruit flavors, this is a bit simple in some respects, but the power and intensity of this wine make a strong statement that lingers forever on the palate. Distinctive and well worth a try. —J.C. Wine Enthusiast USA (Sept Issue 2010)
J.C.