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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

Major Awards


Pioneer Block 2 Swamp Block Sauvignon Blanc 2007

  • Blue Gold: Sydney International Wine Competition 2008
  • Gold: Taste NZ Magazine, Bob Campbell MW, December 2007
  • Gold: Japan Wine Challenge 2008
  • Gold: Perth Royal Wine Show 2007
  • Gold: Liquorland Top 100 International Wine Competition 2007
  • Gold: International Aromatic Wine Competition 2007
  • Gold: The New Zealand International Wine Show 2007
  • Gold: Bragato Wine Awards 2007