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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 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.