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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 9 Big John Riesling 2013

  • Gold: Bragato Wine Awards 2013
  • Gold: Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2015
  • Gold: Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2014
  • Gold: International Aromatic Wine Competition 2014
  • Gold: Spiegelau International Wine Challenge 2014