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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 1 Foundation Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Awards

  • Trophy: New Zealand International Wine Show 2009
  • Gold: NZ International Wine Show 2009
  • 4 ½ Stars: Winestate Magazine Special Edition 2009
  • 90 points: Wine Spectator 2010

Accolades

Not quite as distinctive as some of the other 2009 Block offerings from St. Clair, this is nonetheless a solid wine, exhibiting gently leafy nuances layered over pick grapefruit and melon flavors. It’s mainstream in style, not overly heavy, with a crisp, refreshing finish. —J.C. Wine Enthusiast (Sept Issue 2010)
J.C.