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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 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.