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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 2 Swamp Block Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Awards

  • Trophy Champion Sauvignon Blanc: Tri-Nations Wine Challenge 2010
  • Gold: NZ International Wine Show 2009
  • Gold: Bragato Wine Awards
  • Gold: Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2009
  • Gold: Tri-Nations Wine Challenge 2010
  • Gold: Liquorland Top 100 2009
  • Gold: Tri Nations Wine Challenge 2010
  • 91 points: Wine Spectator 2010
  • 91 points: Wine & Spirits Magazine USA - Issue Feb 2011

Accolades

91 POINTS. A terrific example of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, the 2009 Swamp Block features ripe melon and nectarine fruit, balanced by hints of garden greens, such as tomato leaf and bell pepper. It’s plump and succulent on the palate, with a long, slightly honeyed finish. Editors’ Choice. —J.C. Wine Enthusiast USA (Sept Issue 2010).
J.C.